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Career Path Stories Southeast Europe

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.

DB Schenker is the top choice for people pursuing a career in the global transport and logistics industry. Whether you just started your career with us, or advanced your job position, we support you and actively encourage you to grow with us in over 130 countries covering all areas of business. Learn more about what makes DB Schenker the ideal place for your career and read about some outstanding career path stories from our colleagues.

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Get to know our career path role models. We‘re a diverse team, from various countries and backgrounds and would like to hightlight some stories of those continuously pushing boundaries. Those who go the extra mile to make a difference and developed their careers over the last years to fulfill their dreams:
 

Daria Kolodziejek

Daria Kolodziejek is Head of Tender Management SEE at DB Schenker. She began her career in September 2018 as a Tender Manager / Business Process Manager at the DB Schenker office in Vienna. In September 2020, she was given a position in the Tender Management Cluster SEE organization at SEE headquarters. During her time in this position, DB Schenker also made it possible for her to complete a certificate course program in “Tender and Contract Management Transport and Logistics” at the University of Economics and Business Vienna. This program allowed her to expand her knowledge and expertise as a transport and contract manager and also led to her being appointed Head of TM SEE in April 2022. Her motto during this exciting time in her career was: “The only way to be successful is to do something while you’re waiting for success.”


Zoran Lazoroski

Zoran Lazoroski was named Country Manager of DB Schenker in North Macedonia in 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Masters in Industrial Engineering. In 2018, Zoran was appointed Country Manager of DB Schenker Bulgaria. He maintained his interest in continuing education and with the help of DB Schenker subsequently completed an Executive Education program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Zoran has the following to say about his career at DB Schenker: “After 21 years in this business, I remain fascinated by the idea of a globally networked world defined by complex supply chains and hard-working people who operate in the background and do everything necessary to ensure that this global systems remains up and running. This idea gives me renewed motivation every day – and it’s also a good reason for young people to start an exciting career at DB Schenker.”


Armin Muhrer

Armin Muhrer began a shortened apprenticeship at DB Schenker right after he completed his school leaving examinations. During his apprenticeship, he also studied economics with a focus on marketing and sales. After completing his studies, Armin became Head of Ocean Freight at the DB Schenker office in Graz and was later promoted to Head of FCL Import Austria. Armin very much appreciates the various training and professional development opportunities available at DB Schenker, the good cooperation with his colleagues in his team, and the exciting challenges in his daily activities, as there’s never a dull or boring moment on the job – which is exactly in line with his motto: “Make your life a masterpiece – imagine there are no limits to what you can be, have, or do.”


Sebastian Maruszczak

Sebastian Maruszczak began his career at DB Schenker as an apprentice. After that, he worked in the Land Transport Scheduling department, where he took part in internal DB Schenker professional development programs, including those that focus on transport management. He also completed the Leadership Toolbox management training program. Sebastian was eventually promoted to Head of Road Brokerage in Vienna, in which capacity he is now responsible for the St. Pölten region as well. Sebastian says that every day at DB Schenker brings some new exciting and challenging task or event with it. His motto is: “You never lose. You only either win or learn.”


Philipp Heinle

Philipp Heinle completed an apprenticeship as a freight forwarding agent. In 2016, he joined DB Schenker. He went to work at the international logistics service provider’s Air Freight division, where he was responsible for project expertise and project management for major customers. In 2020, Philipp assumed responsibility for the Air Freight team together with the Regional Director Southern Area. Right now he’s already preparing for his next career step, as he will take over as Head of Air Freight Southern Area in 2023. Philipp has the following to say about his work at DB Schenker: “My colleagues and I work together over and over again to successfully manage various types of projects, and we also address new challenges every day.” His motto is therefore: “Major developments never result from just one person; they are always the product of teamwork.”


Harald Finstermann

Harald Finstermann completed the Management Development Program at DB Schenker and then became Head of System Freight Branch at the DB Schenker office in Ried. Thanks to the support provided by the company and his superiors, he was able to complete a university program in Academic Logistics and Supply Chain Management, after which he was named Head of Land Transport Branch in Ried. Today, Harald serves as Head of Network & Linehaul Management and Head of Collection and Distribution for Cluster SEE at DB Schenker. His motto is: “Play fair and be honest!” He describes his experience at DB Schenker as follows: “I’ve been able to work with great colleagues at DB Schenker for 22 years now – and we all continue to support and motivate each other in our outstanding team. When you combine internal coordination with honesty, openness, determination, and consistency, you end up with long-term success as a team.”


Nico Puhl

Nico Puhl began his career at DB Schenker as an apprentice in 2012. He was appointed Head of Business Services at the DB Schenker office in St. Pölten just five years later. He completed the Talent Development Program SEE with the help of DB Schenker in the following year and was named Head of Land Transport St. Pölten in 2019. Nico has served as Head of Land Transport at DB Schenker in Hungary since 2021. He has the following to say about his work at DB Schenker: “It’s important to me to work well with my team and our customers so that we can come up with the best solutions together, which enables us to offer the best possible service. After all, at the end of a working day, there’s nothing better than knowing that your customers are satisfied.” Nico’s motto is: “No goal is too big if you’re persistent. That’s because it’s not the things we do now and then that shape our lives; it’s the things we do consistently.”


Andrea Foldes

At the beginning of her career, Andrea Foldes served as PM Land Transport at DB Schenker in Slovakia and DB Schenker in Hungary. She then took part in the DB Schenker IDP training program for two years, after which she was promoted to Director Sales & Marketing at DB Schenker in Hungary – in no small part due to her newly acquired knowledge and capabilities. She later served as Key Account & Tender Manager and was then appointed Head of FESL at DB Schenker in Hungary. Andrea has the following to say about what her career has taught her: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions because all dreams can come true if you just have the courage to pursue them.” Her motto is: “If everyone moves forward together, success will come automatically.”


Zsuzsanna Niklós

Zsuzsanna Niklós started her career at DB Schenker as a Field Sales Executive – a position in which she gained valuable experience in project management and land transport operations. With the help of DB Schenker, she also completed a course of study in Economics during this time. After that, she worked in the Sales and Key Account Management department and she also participated in DB Schenker’s KAM/Sales Manager Development program. She successfully completed that program and was then promoted to Country Tender Manager at DB Schenker. These days she serves as Head of Sales, Marketing & Tender Management, and she has also completed DB Schenker Europe’s LEAPup Development program. Zsuzsanna has the following to say about her job: “It’s a lot of fun to work with great people. My team is fantastic and a never-ending source of motivation for me. No day is like any other because challenges and customer requirements keep us constantly on the go – and I also learn something new every day.” Her motto is: “What we get when we achieve a goal is not nearly as important as what we become when we achieve it.”


Andreas Stadler

Andreas Stadler began his career at DB Schenker in 1984 as a trainee. He then held various positions at the company in the years that followed. In 2004, he was appointed Head of Eastern Europe at the DB Schenker office in Vienna. In 2007, he took on the position of Authorized Representative for the DB Schenker office in Vienna. Andreas went abroad after that, and in 2012 he was appointed COO Land at DB Schenker in the Czech Republic. He then moved further east just one year later, becoming Head of Land at DB Schenker Arkas in Turkey. Andreas has the following to say about his work at DB Schenker: “I’m proud to be able to work together in a global logistics company with people from so many different cultures. We all work as a team to develop tailored solutions for our customers. This is both challenging and motivating because there’s always something new going on and you never get stuck in a boring routine.”


Caroline Samwald

Caroline Samwald earned a bachelor's degree in Business Consulting and a master’s degree in Real Estate Management before joining DB Schenker as a Real Estate Officer with responsibility for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Austria. After that, she played a major role in the creation of a professional structure for the Facility Management department in Austria. She then assumed responsibility for that department as Head of Facility Management at DB Schenker in Austria. It didn’t take long for the next career move, as she was appointed Head of Global Real Estate Austria and was also given responsibility for facility and construction management and ensuring compliance with the administrative provisions required by law for this sector. What Caroline enjoys most about her job is the opportunity it gives her to thrill customers by offering them highly professional real estate management services. Her motto is: “There’s no such thing as a problem that can’t be solved.”


Christos Mileos

Christos Mileos worked as Head of Customer Solutions at DB Schenker from 2015 to 2017 and was then promoted to Head of Tender Management. In 2019, he was appointed Project Manager STAR EU and was able to gain valuable experience in this capacity over the next two years. Christos’ career moved quickly after that, as he was named Head of Land Transport at DB Schenker in Greece in 2021. He has the following to say about the great career he’s had at DB Schenker: “With a great team and hard work anything can be achieved, no matter how difficult it might initially appear. Lots of small wins lead to big successes.”