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Inspiring women of DB Schenker contribute to our diversity of thought

With a diverse workforce and a high representation of female executives and employees, DB Schenker promotes a culture of inclusion and belonging for all to develop and grow in. 

“Having a diverse workforce is not enough. Creating an inclusive environment for our diverse workforce to thrive in, is the key to unlock greater creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking solutions for our customers. An integral part of building such an inclusive culture is showcasing our talented employees and their personal stories and celebrating both our similarities and our differences.” says Leandri Meyer, Program Manager Diversity and Inclusion. 

Without a doubt, women have come a long way in taking up their rightful place in society as strong, independent and successful entrepreneurs, logistic experts, scientists, engineers, innovators and leaders… though this has not come without its challenges. With our #BeUnique campaign, DB Schenker empowers their powerful women to tap into their individual strengths and to leverage their uniqueness in achieving greater impact. We are proud of our people who best represent our diversity of thought. We invite you to read some of their inspiring stories:

Women at DB Schenker in the Cluster Southeast Europe

Eva Maria Bachler

Head of HR, Austria

It's that easy – treat others like you want to be treated.

Natalia Tanasescu

Head of Procurement, Romania

As I was encouraged to be a self-confident, tolerant & indipendent woman, it is my duty to empower people around me

More inspiring women at DB Schenker worldwide

Annemiek, Regional Implementation Manager in Den Haag, Netherlands, Region Europe

She is responsible for supporting customer implementations within Europe. This includes CLDM (Contract Logistics Delivery Method) governance, mentoring, guiding, soft and hard escalation, and supporting broader initiatives and involvement in bids. Her focus is predominantly on the support of CLDM within the implementing community.

Live each day as if it was your last!

Black and White Portrait of DB Schenker Employee Annemiek

What makes your work in Contract Logistics special? 
It is a dynamic, diverse, and internationally orientated working environment. Every day I work with different people and each hour can be unlike the previous one.

What are your areas of interest/hobbies? 
Body combat, body pump, kitesurfing, golf, pilates, traveling, and meeting people from other cultures. 

Please share your personal goals with us   
Practice patience and contribute more to the environment (reduce single-use plastic, food waste, use reef-safe sunscreen).

Portrait of Annemiek smiling

What are your strengths?  
I am results-oriented and have a sense of responsibility and intuition. I offer a deep knowledge of operations and implementations and the ability to identify potential problems and present them in a manner that drives corrective action.

What is your advice to other women planning their careers in CL?  
That will be the same as for any career - Be yourself and pursue your ambitions!
Very inspiring insights from Annemiek - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. There is more to come, so stay tuned! 

Tracy, National Sales Manager, DB Schenker South Africa, MEA.

Would you mind traveling to the heat in Africa? Today we take you straight to South Africa to meet Tracy, our next lady in our series Women@CL. She is the National Sales Manager responsible for achieving all new business targets across all products (Contract Logistics, Distribution and Land Transport). Tracy manages the projects Keep and Amplify and Select, she is in charge of all contract renewals and terminations, and she acts as project lead on implementation and tender management. This is several very different responsibilities that she needs to combine into one role, whereby her motto in life fits perfectly with her attitude and job role. Learn more about Tracy, who took the time to answer all our questions:

If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!

Portrait of Tracy

What makes your work in Contract Logistics special? 
In South Africa, the CL & D and Land environment are very much driven by men. What makes my work special is that as a woman, I bring the technical, analytical, and sales approach as well, which aids in growing our footprint as DB Schenker South Africa.

What are your areas of interest/hobbies? 
Outdoors, music, and family time. Interests furthering my academic knowledge.  

Portrait of Tracy

Please share your personal goals with us   
I am completing my MBA by 2026 moving into a director role within DB Schenker Global by 2024.

What are your strengths?  
Focused, committed, relentless productivity driver, competitive, honest, and fair.

What is your advice to other women planning their careers in CL?  
It would be my motto: if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.  Challenge yourself and always be better than what you were yesterday. 
Very inspiring insights from Tracy - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. There are more women to come, so stay tuned! 

Wanchanok, Global Solution Design Manager in Singapore, region APAC

When it comes to designing Contract Logistics solutions in our APAC region, Wanchanok, our Global Solution Design Manager, in Singapore will indeed be involved. She supports the global customer management team on the RFQ deliverables. To do so, she provides the engineering solution, the related operating processes, and the understanding of the two key drivers: cost and value. 

We are glad that she is part of our Contract Logistics solutions team and that we could get a quick moment to connect in her busy business life. Find her answers here: 

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. — Dalai Lama

Portrait of Wanchanok

What makes your work in Contract Logistics special? 
In a global role, it’s always exciting and challenging to work with diversity in culture, people, environment, and traveling around the world. Rapid changes in customer business and/or logistics models require a better me every day for designing solutions and innovations. Knowledge and experience would be never-ending in Contract Logistics.    

What are your areas of interest/hobbies? 
Fashion/Retail logistics, Good to person Automation, Financial Investment, Health & Wellness.   

Please share your personal goals with us   
To become an expert and be recognized internationally in Contract Logistics, grow as a leader, and add value to the organization while at the same time being very healthy, practicing self-love, and spending quality time with my family.

Portrait of Wanchanok What are your strengths?  
Thinking positively, logical thinking, flexible and boundaryless.

What is your advice to other women planning their careers in CL?  
Welcome to DB Schenker, women are doing great and excelling in CL; we can be successful and achieve our work-life balance.  

It is great to have you on the team, Wanchanok - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Wanchanok is part of our series Women@CL – if you want to look at the inspiring others, please follow the links to Johanny, Suki and Violetta. There are more women to come, so stay tuned! 

Violetta, Innovation Manager in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, region Europe

Violetta is keen on exploring new fields when it comes to automation at Contract Logistics, and you will often find her in the warehouse consulting teams on process optimizations.

Violetta has a bunch of responsibilities that make her work exciting at DB Schenker. She develops automation solutions with Goods-to-Person, AGVs, Robotics, AI, and other technologies. Violetta leads automation projects on sites across Europe, supports Solution Design colleagues with automation components and manages supplier communication and consults teams in the warehouses on process optimizations. Over and above, she ensures that positive results are scaled up at DB Schenker.

To sum it all up – when it comes to innovation in automation in Europe – there you’ll find her.

Stay hungry, stay curious and remain humble!

Portrait of Violetta

What makes your work in Contract Logistics special? 
In Contract Logistics, every project always brings profound insights into the respective business field of the customer. This enables me to learn new things and explore the world around me a little more every day.

What are your areas of interest/hobbies? 
Literature, poetry, and photography.        

Portrait of Violetta

Please share your personal goals with us   
The pursuit of happiness along my way is my universal personal goal.

What are your strengths?  
Pragmatic and creative thinking combined with operational experience and technical enthusiasm. 

What is your advice to other women planning their careers in CL?  
Never lose the connection to the operations at eye level: regularly exchange with colleagues from different sites and try to frequently spend time on the shop floor.

It is great to have you on the team, Violetta - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Violetta is our fourth woman in our series Women@CL – if you want to look at the inspiring others, please read the stories from Johanny, Suki and Prabha. There are more women to come, so stay tuned!

Suki, Senior Manager for Solution Design in RHO Singapore, APAC

Time to meet Suki, our Senior Manager for Solution Design in RHO Singapore, APAC. Within her role she has a lot of responsibilities, such as coaching and developing solution design resources in the countries. Further, she identifies and advises on industry-specific trends of targeted verticals based on the detailed understanding of operational characteristics. Suki also leads and works with internal stakeholders to customize and develop innovative warehouse solutions. Over and above, she additionally supports the sales teams in new business wins by advising the most competitive selling rate and participates in financial and/or contract negotiations.

No matter if it’s a good or bad experience, it will always be a GOOD LESSON to me.

Portrait of Suki

What makes my work in Contract Logistics special?

It is not only a job or work to me, but my interest too! I love to work in the Contract Logistics field with an open-minded approach to improve processes, uplift and unlock the values, and deliver the excellence we desire for projects. I treat my work and my working environment as a “Playground” where I remain passionate and motivated to drive forward.

What are your areas of interest/ hobbies?

  • Knowledge gaining: I enjoy learning, and I am keen to absorb knowledge from time to time
  • Sports: Hiking and running
  • Others: Traveling and I enjoy various volunteering works in our local community

Please share your personal goals with us 

To always be equipped with a positive / “can-do” mindset and be ready to roll up my sleeves and get things done as a motivated leader/mentor while coaching and guiding others to achieve more. It’s a win-win situation. Then to be a top logistics expert in the area I work in and travel around the world.

Portrait of Suki

What are your strengths?

  • Individualization: I am intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. I am good at figuring out how different people can work together productively.
  • Analytical: Instinctively, I search for reasons and causes, then find the way to dig out all possible factors or opportunities to drive the best outcomes.
  • Achiever: I work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. At the same time, I enjoy immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
  • Harmony: I look for consensus and seek the areas of agreement from all-rounded inputs when we have different voices/comments.
  • Others: Quick learner, passionate and responsible, willing to support others.

What is your advice to other women planning their careers in CL?

It is not about where you are NOW, but more about where you are heading and what you want to be. So set your goals clear by SMART and move on step-by-step with regular reviews and adjustments as necessary; you will be at the desired destination one day.

Johanny, Senior Director of Operational and Commercial Excellence

Get more insights from Johanny from region Americas. She is the Senior Director of Operational and Commercial Excellence in Florida. Her responsibilities are to drive and lead the end-to-end operational transformation to improve the performance of contract logistics sites across the region through performance management, continuous improvement, and efficiency initiatives.

My motto in life: To improve the spaces that I come into, make them better than how I found them.

Portrait of Johanny

What makes my work in Contract Logistics special?
The impact on people's livelihood. What we do in CL for our customers ultimately is driven by the thousands of associates across the organization that pushes forward daily to get the job done. It is our responsibility to make their lives better, and consequently, we drive success.

What are your areas of interest/ hobbies?
Music, political science, travel

Please share your personal goals with us
My goal is to continuously rise to the top. To drive visibility, diversity, and why not – to be the first female, non-German, LGBTQ+ board member of DB Schenker.

What are your strengths?
My ability to see the bigger picture and connect the solutions to the problems. I can identify people’s talent to help them succeed and help the organization succeed, and I am very empathetic, adaptable, personable, and outspoken.

What is your advice to other women who are planning their careers in CL?
Jump at the opportunities that come your way, be assertive, don’t shy away from the spaces where the decisions are made!

Catherine, Vice President Contract Logistics

Catherine, the woman behind many of our top Contract Logistics clients in Singapore, shares with us some of her exclusive career tips.

People won’t search for your achievements; you have to articulate them.

Portrait of Catherine

Speak up!

As a woman you should never hesitate to put yourself out there. Men tend to ask for a promotion when they are 80% ready, women usually wait until they are 120% ready. There is absolutely nothing stopping us from asking for a promotion before we feel completely ready. When you want a certain position, say it! Always be transparent and open about your career aspirations and interests.

Be visible!

Showcase what you have done. Work isn’t just about doing a great job. It’s about presenting what you have done and making yourself visible. “People won’t search for your achievements; you have to articulate them. Take the time to write down your elevator pitch. This will ensure that you are never caught off guard, but instead prepared to utilize your one minute and really sell yourself once the opportunity arises – AND IT WILL.”

Ask for feedback

Don’t shy away from asking for feedback – especially if you were not awarded the position you wanted – ask why! This might show you some of your developmental areas that still need a bit of work. Most importantly, no one is 100% fit for the job on day one. Be willing to learn and to remain focused.

Network. Network. Network.

Women spend a lot of time doing their jobs well and too little time on building their networks. Dedicate time to join conferences, seminars, coffee corners, lunch dates and golf sessions. Remember most jobs are given away before they are published on the job market. “Networking isn’t only about getting to know people, but it’s a great way to seek different opinions, consult in others and learn from others’ mistakes and successes.”

Mobility is key

Mobility is important in advancing your career and involves pragmatic discussions with your partner and family – make yourself available for international assignments to grow your expertise and experience. “I relocated many times in my career. The knowledge and expertise I have gained from these foreign assignments have brought me where I am today.” And as a mother of two, time management and keeping the balance between work and family has always been my top priority.

Prabha, Director Vertical Markets and Key Accounts

Prabha’s motto in life is: “Aim high and hit it every time.” To her there is never a dull day working in Logistics and she is passionate about her job. 

When in doubt just go and do it! There is no other way to find out if you will be successful.

Portrait of Prabha

With her confidence, ambition, courage, and honesty, she is a true advocate for change. She continually chooses to challenge the status quo. To her, there are no limits to what you can achieve when you are guided by a vision and a true belief in yourself. “When in doubt just go and do it! There is no other way to find out if you will be successful,” she says.

Strong support as a key driver in her career
Prabha calls herself lucky, lucky to have so much support from her male counterparts, especially within DB Schenker - a behavior that should be natural but is not always the case. Throughout her career, many male supporters accompanied her - for example her husband who was always willing to relocate for her exciting career opportunity and her son, who never complained when she missed Parent-Teacher conferences or traveled three weeks in a single month and a former manager who encouraged Prabha to lead a team before the age of 29. 

Prabha states: “In my two and a half years’ experience with DB Schenker, I have found our company to be very people friendly with lean hierarchical structures. My current manager is the biggest supporter of diversity. He truly believes in talents and motivates them irrespective of gender! Encouraging talent is part of our DNA and not once have I felt like my gender matters in our organization.”

Being a female in Logistics
“For me, there is no industry as dynamic and exciting as the logistics industry. There is a new opportunity or challenge waiting around every corner”, she says. However, being a female in a male dominated field does not come without its challenges. There have been countless scenarios where she has been the only female in the room. Prabha believes: “By ‘knowing your stuff’, being open to learn and really doing your homework beforehand, you will have the confidence to stand your ground, and not be intimidated by the boy’s club.” To her it is all about conquering your self-doubt, working on your weaknesses, and seeing yourself as smart enough, good enough and worthy enough for the job. Prabha is convinced: “When you know who you are as a person you transmit that confidence to others.”

Her thoughts on leadership
To be a great leader she believes it takes the will to tap into diverse perspectives and foster inclusion within your team. It requires authenticity, giving credit where it is due, building the morale of your team and acknowledging everyone’s contribution to the success of the team. Prabha says: “It is important as a leader to never stop learning and imparting knowledge. One will never know everything and there will always be something to learn from someone.” 

Lena, Project Manager Digitalization & Innovation

System error!!! Women and technology - still a rare combination. System reboot: here comes Lena, our queen of apps.  

I had great colleagues that shared their knowledge and experience with me.

Black and White portrait of Lena

Lena (30) loves IT. She works as Product Owner at Global IT Land & Digital Solutions (GILDS) and is responsible for mobile app development at DB Schenker, heading up an international team of 17 colleagues. But this has only been a love at second sight. She once had great respect for IT.  

Lena was fortunate to grow up in a surrounding that supported technical interests. As a teenager, she attended a technical high school where she was one of two girls among 28 boys. Thereafter, she studied international industrial management which included some lectures on IT. A great basis but no – Lena was still convinced: “I will never work in IT– never! I just don’t get it.” She was annoyed by html codes. “You put the comma at the wrong place or you forget to put something in brackets and then, nothing works. You have pages with commands and have to find this tiny but important bug. I could really freak out in these moments.” 

Now, she has been working in DB Schenker’s IT & Digitalization department for over four years. At the age of 26, her manager expressed confidence in her skills: “I saw Lena had the right attitude. She was tough, eager to learn and to drive topics forward. IT is no magic – it means translating the business needs into clear requirements and finding a proper solution.” After some onboarding time, she got her first project – to develop her first mobile app. 

Lena still thinks of this task as a huge challenge. Being a project manager, she had to hold all the threads together. But how can you take decisions, lead a team and develop a product if you are not an expert yet? You talk to the experts. Lena asked a million questions and always got answers. “I had great colleagues that shared their knowledge and experience with me. But also a very supportive manager and a highly motivated project team”. Her team of software engineers put the comma in the correct position and everything worked out well.  

Portrait of Lena

Also, she visited our truck drivers and accompanied them on tour. “I had to start the project on the road to understand what our drivers’ daily life really looks like and not what we think it looks like. I wanted to create an app that simplifies their job.” There is still a lot of analog work within Land Transport – e.g. tours and updates are communicated to the drivers by phone calls. Sounds easy. But if the truck driver does not speak the language of the dispatcher, misunderstandings are predetermined. The driver might end up at the wrong location for the collection or delivery of goods.  

What’s coming next? Lena is pushing digitalization to a global level. “I don’t think we’ll run out of work so fast. There is still some paperwork that is waiting to become digital. So, let’s change this!”  

Thessa, Chief Commercial Officer

60% of DB Schenker Brazil's employees are female. Responsible for setting sales strategies and interacting with IT, Finance, Human Resources, and other departments, this Chief Commercial Officer-Brazil works to identify the best business opportunities for DB Schenker.

Although I am glad to work in a non-discriminative environment, we know every day a lot of women suffer and fight against discrimination.

According to Thessa, there’s a lot of fairness in DB Schenker – Brazil’s recruitment process. “There’s no cherry picking by gender or salary,” says Thessa. This approach translates into a majority representation for women in operational supervisory and management positions. 

“Three out of five branch managers and three out of nine board members here are women,” says Thessa, who would personally like to see more women on the company’s warehouse operational staff and serving as global board members. 

“Although I am glad to work in a non-discriminative environment, we know every day a lot of women suffer and fight against discrimination,” says Thessa, who believes strongly in the self-empowerment of women in Brazil and to believe in their rights and to shamelessly fight for them.
This topic is very special for Thessa, who has three daughters. “I’m sure they will carry this fight,” she says. “They may eventually suffer discrimination, but hopefully in a different or easier environment than I did.”

Elizabeth, HR Officer

Raised in Kenya and one of six siblings, Elizabeth never allowed a lack of money to prevent her from dreaming. Today, she is a Human Resources Officer at DB Schenker’s office in Kenya.

Both my personal family and my DB Schenker family help me in reaching my goals.

Portrait of Elisabeth

When it comes to career advancement, Elizabeth credits her own strengths plus a strong support network that helped her succeed. “I never give up and I am always willing to learn,” says Elizabeth. “Both my personal family and my DB Schenker family help me in reaching my goals.”

Elizabeth says she also owes a big portion of her success to her late and beloved mother Rose. “Having a low-paying job as a civil servant, she still managed to raise six kids and guaranteed all of us a good education,” says Elizabeth, who has also had some strong, encouraging mentors along the way.

“My local CEO, Darren and our Head of Human Resources, Jedidah, really supported me in the mission to further my career,” says Elizabeth.

Warmest regards and Asante sana kwa wale wote walionishaka mkono katika kazi yangu ya afisa wa rasilimali watu.

“This is Swahili, saying my appreciation to everyone who has supported me in my work as an HR officer”, Elizabeth says.

Elisabeth sitting at a desk

Manuela, Head of Air Freight Export

For Manuela, no two days are ever the same when working in airfreight. In fact, she says that every task is different when leading a team of 30 colleagues. Despite this, Manuela still finds the time and energy to support a Nepalese aid organization.

DB Schenker's international network means everything to me, even in my private life.

Portrait of Manuela

Manuela started her career as an industrial clerk in a jewelry shop. Twenty-five years ago, she joined DB Schenker to explore the logistics involved in each imported and exported good. Now, she has a job that she loves.

“DB Schenker's international network means everything to me, even in my private life,” says Manuela, who is based in Germany. “No matter where I head for vacation—China, Spain, Finland, Singapore, etc.—I always take the time to meet with my local colleagues.”

Manuela in front of the DB Schenker Office

These days, Manuela uses most of her annual leave to support the "Nepal Schulprojekt" charity organization, which provides support for Nepalese children. “I’ve seen a lot of despair over the years, when visiting kindergartens, schools, and homes for the handicapped,” says Manuela, who at one point helped to build a solar plant in Jalbang, a village in the Northwest of Nepal that previously had no electricity.

For one year, she collected money and organized the logistics behind this project, which meant every single component had to be transported by mule for 54 kilometers at an altitude of 3,800 meters. “Seeing the light from an electricity bulb for the first time in their life, people started to cry,” says Manuela.

To women around the world, Manuela cautions against striving for perfection. “Just put yourself in the driver's seat,” she says. “Don't wait until you are asked to be promoted to a new job; just apply. You are worth it!"

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