As a first measure of a comprehen-sive programme for increases in efficiency, Kuehne + Nagel optimises the regional structure as of July 1, 2013.
In Europe, Kuehne + Nagel will merge the current organisational units "Central Europe", "North West Europe" and "Southwest Europe" into one single region "West Europe". The regional management and headquarters will be based in Hamburg. The region "East Europe" with head office in Vienna remains unchanged.
In view of the growing trades between Africa and the Middle East, the regional units "Middle East / Central Asia" and "Africa" will be consolidated. The management of the new region "Middle East / Africa" will be headquartered in Dubai.
In order to maximise business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, two regional teams will be established. The national companies China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau will belong to the region "North Asia" as of July 1, 2013, with headquarters in Shanghai. The region "South Asia" will consist of South Asian countries, South Korea and Japan and will be headquartered in Singapore.
The structures in the regions North and South America will remain unchanged.
"Our new regional structure shortens decision-making processes on the one hand and allows on the other to respond more quickly to new market conditions and opportunities," said Reinhard Lange, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG.
"Furthermore, the lean management approach supports a more efficient use of our resources and cost optimisation," added Karl Gernandt, Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG. "The realignment of the regional structure is part of a comprehensive catalogue of measures to increase efficiency; also the processes of the Human Resources and Finance functions will be streamlined and optimised."