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DHL Global Forwarding appoints seasoned global logistics expert George Lawson as head of Australian operations

  • New country
    manager brings 26 years of experience to the role, including senior leadership
    positions within the Asia Pacific region and Germany
  • Lawson to focus
    on further raising customer growth and innovation for DHL Global Forwarding's thriving
    Australian business

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Media OutReach - 23 January 2019 - DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea
and road freight services, has named George Lawson as Country Manager for
Australia from February 1, 2019.



 

Lawson
returns to his homeland after decades of leadership experience in the logistics
industry around the globe, covering a variety of disciplines from general
management, business development and operations. In his most recent role as
Country Manager of DHL Global Forwarding India, Lawson grew the business to be
an important profit contributor within the DHL Global Forwarding network and oversaw
major improvements in employee engagement that saw his team claim a Great Place
to Work® certification in 2018.

 

"George brings to bear an unwavering commitment to
his people and customers in every role that he takes on, one which has never
failed to generate impressive and sustainable business results in even the most
demanding of markets," said Charles Kaufmann, CEO, North Asia South Pacific,
DHL Global Forwarding and
President/Representative
Director, DHL Global Forwarding Japan K.K.
"For a mature market like Australia where we
still see significant trade growth occurring -- including year-on-year growth of
exports by nearly 17% last year[1]
- that sort of focus, coupled with his core strengths in related disciplines
like marketing and operations, will play a major role in helping us to grow our
business by delivering a world-class customer experience in every shipment."

 

During
his time in Germany as Global Head of Marketing, Lawson led the development of DHL
Global Forwarding's Certified International Forwarder program, now the core
element of the company's employee engagement and customer-experience program
worldwide.

 

Lawson's
tenure with DHL started nearly 26 years ago with rapid progression into
leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region, including heading operations
in Singapore and leading sales and marketing for the South Asia and Pacific
sub-region. He takes over in Australia from industry luminary Tony Boll, who
will enter retirement after more than 50 years of service with the Deutsche
Post DHL Group but will continue to advise the business for the near term.

 

"I am looking
forward to working with an experienced and motivated team that already leads
the pack in terms of service and innovation," said Lawson of the new role. "Service
to our customer forms the cornerstone of DHL Global Forwarding's offering to businesses
of all sizes worldwide, but especially so in the Australian market where enterprises
are increasingly likely to have a go at expanding abroad. I am committed to
using the experience I've gained in markets like India and Singapore -- both
amongst Australia's top ten trading partners -- to further strengthen our
support for Australian businesses in their concerted push overseas."

 

DHL -- The logistics company for the world


DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family
of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from
national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment
solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial
supply chain management. With about 360,000 employees in more than 220
countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses
securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions
for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and
healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate
responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is
decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

 

DHL is
part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 60
billion euros in 2017.



[1] https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/cot-cy-2017.pdf

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