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Agility Logistics has appointed Detlev Janik as its chief executive for South Asia, responsible for company’s operations in in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Agility’s Asia Pacific chief executive Chris Price said: “The South Asia region, with its large and fast-growing markets, is immensely important to Agility and we invested early to develop a significant presence. We are very pleased to have Detlev come onboard to help drive growth in our business across India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.”

Agility has been beefing up its senior managemnent team in Asia for the best part of year. It appointed Soren Poulsen as chief executive for the greater China area in November while in an interview with The Loadstar earlier this year, Mr Price warned of the difficulty in finding top staff.

“We do have a focus on developing our own staff because there are no cultural-fit problems, and I’m a believer in training people, but really top talent is hard to find – you have to go and get them and convince them to join your organisation,” he said.

Mr Janik was previously regional director of Dachser in Singapore, responsible for both South Asia and south-east Asia, and prior to that was chief executive of Dachser India. Altogether he has over 35 years of experience in logistics, and first moved to Asia in 1982 and has held positions with Hermann Ludwig (now Geodis), Footwork Hamacher, ABX Logistics (now DSV) and Hansameyer Freight Forwarders.