Schenker AG, DB Schenker’s business unit management team is made up of industry-leading professionals, specializing in all areas of logistics and supply chain professionals.
Jochen Thewes, born 1971, is Chairman of the Board of Management of Schenker AG since September 1, 2015. With this role, he leads the Business Unit DB Schenker, which forms part of the DB Group Board Department "Finances and Assets". Thewes, whose roots are in the German city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, is an internationally recognized supply chain and logistics expert, bringing more than 20 years of senior management expertise and experiences, in both regional and global positions. Over the past years Thewes has made significant contributions to DB Schenker, most notably since 2011 in his role as Chief Executive Officer in Singapore in the fast paced and most dynamic Asia/Pacific Region, where he is is responsible for 13.000 employees spread across 200 locations in 20 countries. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President Global Ocean Freight, based in the Head Office in Essen/Germany.
Before joining DB Schenker, Thewes held various senior management positions within the global logistics group Kuehne + Nagel. He spent more than twelve years in different functions in Asia and Latin America such as President of the company in Brazil, General Manager for Central China in Shanghai and Chief Representative in Vietnam. He also operated in Hong Kong and New York.
After completing his studies in logistics and foreign trade, Ewald Kaiser, born 1962 in Stuttgart, started his professional career in European land transport at Kühne + Nagel in Stuttgart in 1982. In 1998, after holding numerous leading positions at different logistics companies, he returned to the company as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of its British subsidiary.
From 2001 to 2006, he was the Chairman of the Board of the German national company Kühne + Nagel and in 2005 became a member of the Management Board responsible for the Land Transport division at Kühne + Nagel. Following this, Ewald Kaiser served as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of M&M Militzer & Münch, an international provider of transport logistics services. As of September 1, 2014, he is responsible for the Land Transport Division at Schenker AG and since 1 January 2017 for the new division named Freight (COO).
After graduating from Middlesex University in London and Harvard Business School with highest distinction, Tom Schmitt started his career at British Petroleum in London and Cleveland. He was Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Atlanta and Austria and President/CEO for FedEx Global Supply Chain Services in Memphis.
During his time in Memphis he served also as Chairman for the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and was named one of the 100 most influential Tennessean's.
Afterwards he served as CEO for Purolator, Canada´s top parcel company, and led a leading provider for natural spring water as one of the companies co-owner.
He is also the author of Simple Solutions, a successful management and leadership book.
In 2015 he joined DB Schenker.
Thomas Schulz was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1962. After completing a law degree in his hometown, Schulz began work in 1995 as a lawyer for the Holletschek und Partner law firm in Cologne, where he focused on transportation and freight forwarding law, among other areas. Schulz also holds an MBA in financial management.
In 1997, Schulz accepted a position as head of Human Resources and Legal Affairs with Horst Mosolf GmbH & Co. KG, a company headquartered in Kirchheim unter Teck which specializes in vehicle logistics.
Schulz became division manager of Corporate Human Resources at Dachser GmbH & Co. KG, based out of Kempten, on October 1, 2006. There he focused on developing strategy for global HR management.
On November 1, 2012, Schulz was appointed to the Management Board of Schenker AG, headquartered in Essen, where he is now in charge of Human Resources. Schulz is also the head of Human Resources for the Transportation and Logistics division of DB Mobility Logistics AG in Berlin.
Oliver Seidl brings many years of experience in diverse finance-related management positions and as a managing director and management board member, including in listed global corporations. Before joining DB Schenker, he was CFO and CIO at Media-Saturn-Holding. From 2010 to 2013, he was Chairman of the Management Board at Loewe AG, having previously served as the management board member for finance and services. Prior to that, he looked after management accounting, strategy and M&A at medium-sized companies.
From 1990 to 2001, Seidl worked in various roles for Daimler AG in Bremen and Stuttgart, most recently heading Group management accounting for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars. After training in wholesale and export, Seidl studied at the universities of Göttingen and Marburg, graduating in business administration.
At Schenker AG, Seidl will be succeeding Dr. Lutz Freytag, CFO of many years. Dr. Freytag has chosen to leave the company on November 30, 2016.
Markus Sontheimer was born in Friedrichshafen, Germany in 1968. Mr. Sontheimer has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, which was awarded by the Technical University in Esslingen. In 1994, he started his professional career at Daimler AG where he held various senior positions (both nationally and internationally) including the positions of CIO for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, and CIO of the Daimler Financial Services AG. During the last 5 years he restructured and transformed the global IT for Group Finance at Deutsche Bank and became CIO Finance.
Markus Sontheimer joined the Board of Management team at Schenker AG on 1st December 2015 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
On 22nd June 2016 he was appointed the additional role of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for Schenker AG by the Supervisory Board. As the Chief Information & Digital Officer he is responsible for IT and Digitalization.