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DHL Global Forwarding appointed Daniella de Pauw as chief executive of its Sub-Saharan Africa region, reporting to Thomas Nieszner, chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding Europe.

Mr Nieszner said: “With her great experience as a forwarder and her vast network and knowledge in the Africa region, Daniella’s return to DHL will strongly support our efforts to strengthen our market position in the region and our rapidly expanding presence in Africa will benefit from her steadfast leadership.”

A veteran of DHL’s southern Africa operation – de Pauw joined the company in 1987 and held a variety of roles, latterly as managing director for South Africa and regional director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean – she has spent the past two years as a foreign exchange trader in Johannesburg.

She said: “With a compound annual 4% growth rate that shows no signs of slowing, Africa is one of our network’s fastest growing markets. But while capital investment continues to hit higher and higher levels – reaching $128bn in 2014 – Africa still needs increasingly robust infrastructure networks to harness it to its full potential.”