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Management

Get to know DB Schenker's Board of Management New Zealand.

Reon Edwards

Director New Zealand

Reon Edwards is Director of Schenker (NZ) Ltd and has responsibility for the New Zealand Freight Forwarding and Logistics business which employs over 160 staff. Reon has 15 years’ experience within the industry, previously Managing Director for SB Global Logistics in Christchurch (Agent for DB Schenker). He has a strong commercial background having spent much of his career in senior management and sales roles. Reon also keeps busy with various governance roles and has served on a number of commercial boards in recent years. He is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League. In 2011, Reon graduated from Massey University with an MBA and has continued his executive development by completing courses through the NZ Institute of Directors and Mt Eliza Business School in Melbourne. Reon leads a busy but enjoyable life together with his wife and daughter. In his spare time he loves training at the gym, competing in trail running events, socializing with friends and travelling overseas with the family.


Raj Raniga

Chief Financial Officer New Zealand

Raj has been with DB Schenker New Zealand for over 13 years, and in his current role as CFO and director since 2012. As a Financial executive he has attained broad experience in all aspects of accounting, financial, risk management, commercial strategy and recently in merger and acquisition. Raj completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and subsequently completed his Chartered Accountancy. His work career started with PWC as an Auditor, and since then worked for various other industries such as manufacturing, retail/media and public sector in management roles until finally settling with Supply Chain industry.


Mark Hodges

National Key Account Manager

While new to DB Schenker team I have been in the freight forwarding industry for 22 years. Spending many years in the various operational areas or the industry has gave me a good understanding of the business as a whole, before moving into both operational and, key account management roles, then into senior business management roles. I am a methodical problem solver and love the challenges our industry has from time to time, allowing me to draw on that experience to ensure we deliver on customers’ expectations. Through good people, and good systems, along with an innovation and continues improvement approach, we are committed to providing a high level of service to all our customers.


Graham Laing

Human Resources Manager New Zealand

Graham has been with Schenker NZ for a total 8 years having joined Schenker in 2008 as HR Administrator/Advisor. In 2009 Graham departed to take up an HR Advisory role at Weston Milling before returning in 2011. Graham has been responsible for the NZ HR function and is part of the AU/NZ and APAC HR management team. Prior to joining Schenker, Graham was working within the hospitality industry as part of the MCK Hotel group for 6 years. In addition, Graham holds a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Human Resources Management and has completed additional studies in Employment Law, Coaching and Health and Safety.


Trevor Barrett

National Contract Logistics Manager NZ

Trevor has been with Schenker NZ for 9 years in total & held multiple positions from Transport Supervisor and worked his way to National Logistics Manager NZ. He started his career in the South African Navy and moved into Courier\Transportation in Johannesburg as a Sales Consultant and then moved into Operations & IT Manager through various companies in Johannesburg before moving to NZ in 2008 Trevor holds a Supply Chain Higher Level Diploma UK LVL5 with the CILT UK which is recognised as a Post Graduate Degree in Supply Chain Management.


Patrick Gottstein

National Sales Manager

Patrick started his carrier with the German Forces in 1992 as a Logistics officer until 2004.

From 2004 – 2011 he held sales positions in Frankfurt and Auckland with Rohlig and DSV. From 2011 – 2018 he was Sales Manager for GEODIS in AKL. Patrick joined Schenker (NZ) in January 2018 as National Sales Manager. He is new appointed Board Member of the German-NZ Chamber of Commerce. Patrick finished the SalesStar “Star Consultative Selling” and “Sales Leadership and Management Academy” in 2017. He has 3 German Apprenticeships, completed the IATA DG course and was also trained as a load master for helicopters. In his free time, he loves exploring New Zealand on long walks with his wife and two dogs.


Alex Smith

National IT Account Manager Logistics NZ

Alex is based in the Christchurch Branch and sits on the New Zealand Senior Leadership team and the Australia IT Management team. Alex’s role is to advocate IT services for the New Zealand business as well as Contract Logistics WMS integrations. Alex has worked in Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics for 18 years, 17 years with S B Global Logistics which DB Schenker purchased in 2017.

In his spare time Alex likes to spend time with his family in the New Zealand outdoors, and is a keen military historian.