Panalpina adds air, ocean and logistics to its executive board


Panalpina is enlarging its executive board to include airfreight, ocean freight and logistics, and has given Lucas Kuehner a promotion.

Chief executive officer Stefan Karlen says: “Our company has ambitious growth targets for the coming years and a clearly defined plan for reaching them. Our three products – air freight, ocean freight, and logistics and manufacturing – will be critical drivers accelerating Panalpina’s growth, and that is why we need direct engagement in the decision-making process at the highest management level.”

Swiss-born Kuehner, an 18-year Panalpina veteran is being promoted to executive vice president for airfreight, effective from 1 January 2019.

Panalpina global head of airfreight, Lucas Kuehner

The 46-year-old has worked at Panalpina since 2000 and risen through the ranks, holding senior roles in Switzerland and the USA.

He has been the global head of airfreight and a member of Panalpina’s executive committee since 2012.

In addition, Peder Winther will join Panalpina as executive vice president for ocean freight, bringing 30 years of freight forwarding and transport experience with him when he joins from Kuehne + Nagel on 1 February 2019.