Dr Thomas Lieb (left) has resigned suddenly from his role as head of DB Schenker Logistics, and will give up his role as chairman of the Management Board of Schenker. He will leave the Deutsche Bahn Group altogether at the end of the month (March 31). The company said that his departure was decided by mutual agreement.
Until Schenker finalises a replacement for Lieb, Dr Lutz Freytag, member of the Management Board of Schenker AG for Finance/Controlling, will take over the position as chairman of the Management Board on an interim basis.
“The DB group would like to thank Dr Lieb very much for his outstanding support and dedication over the years, as well as for his achievements for DB Schenker and wish him all the best for his professional and personal future,” the company said in a statement.
Lieb moved from Stinnes to Schenker’s Air and Ocean Freight in 1993. He was appointed to the company’s management board in 2001, where he was responsible for the global Air/Ocean Freight activities of the group. He was also responsible for the operational business in the regions Asia-Pacific and the Americas, as well as, later on, for all the other management regions.
He assumed the chairmanship of the Board of Management of Schenker with effect from July 1, 2008.
There is currently an ongoing investigation by the Cologne Public Prosecutors Office into possible ‘facilitation payments’ to individuals at the Port of St Petersburg by employees of Schenker, in order to speed up shipments through the port, but there is nothing to suggest that this is linked to Lieb’s departure.
DB Schenker declined to provide further comment.