Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Schenker has announced new management board moves with the appointment of Jochen Thewes (pictured top) as chairman and Markus Sontheimer (pictured bottom) moving into the company in the role of chief information officer (CIO).
Within DB, Schenker is the division responsible for land, sea, and air transport and contract logistics.
As chairman of the board of management at Schenker, Thewes will lead the business unit DB Schenker Logistics, which forms part of the DB Group Board Department Transportation and Logistics. He took up the new role at the beginning of September.
Thewes has taken over the responsibility as CEO from Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch, management board member for transportation and logistics at DB Mobility Logistics, who held the position on an interim basis. He has now left DB Group.
Thewes brings to the role more than 20 years of senior management expertise in both regional and global positions. Schenker said that over the years Thewes has made significant contributions to DB Schenker, most notably since 2011 in his role as CEO in Singapore looking after the dynamic Asia/Pacific region. Prior to that, he was senior vice president global ocean freight, based in the head office of DB Schenker Logistics in Essen/Germany.
Meanwhile, Markus Sontheimer will be responsible as CIO for the business unit DB Schenker Logistics when he takes up the new role in January next year. He is currently CIO of group finance at Deutsche Bank. Sontheimer started his career at Daimler, where he held various senior positions (both nationally and internationally) in the IT field, including CIO of the Financial Services division. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2010.
Sontheimer takes over the position of CIO from Peter Schumann, who will leave the company at the end of November 2015.