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US-based freight forwarder Flexport has appointed former DB Schenker executive Florian Braun (pictured above) as its new head of ocean in the EMEA region.
Mr Braun replaces Martin Holst-Mikkelsen, who is relocating to Singapore to become Flexport’s head of ocean for Asia in January. He is based in Flexport’s Hamburg office.
At DB Schenker he served as vice president of Ocean 4.0, responsible for digital ocean strategy. Before that he was a tradelane manager in China with DHL – altogether he has spent 14 years in logistics, seven in China.
“Florian’s appointment comes at an exciting time for ocean trade,” said Flexport VP Europe Jan van Casteren. “We’ve seen historic volatility across the market since the onset of the pandemic, and we can expect the industry to remain highly dynamic in the coming years.
“In these conditions, our customers are reliant on our expertise and technology-driven insights, and I’m delighted we have such a strong team in place to deal with the challenges 2021 will present,” he added.
Anders Schulze, VP and global head of ocean, added: “Florian’s strong experience will bring renewed focus to helping our customers’ navigate global markets. His mix of destination and origin-side knowledge will be a key resource and we’re excited to have him onboard.”