Hessel Verhage

Veteran freight forwarder and logistics executive Hessel Verhage (pictured above) has been appointed chief executive of DB Schenker’s Americas region.

Forty-seven-year-old Mr Verhage, who is also a columnist for The Loadstar Premium, will take up his new post on 1 August and report to DB Schenker chief executive Jochen Thewes. He will be responsible for 24 countries in North, Central and South America.

“We are very pleased to have found a top manager for this crucial job who will approach this challenging position with enthusiasm and commitment. Mr Verhage will be responsible for a region which is both extensive and versatile,” said Mr Thewes.

Originally from the Netherlands, Mr Verhage has more than 26 years of freight forwarding and logistics experience and served most recently as CEO of STG Holdings, a private equity backed company that has made eight logistics focused acquisitions in the Americas in the last three years.

Prior to this, he served as global co-president at UTi Worldwide and before that, amongst other positions, also chief executive for Global Link Logistics, a global freight forwarder.

He started in the logistics business in 1994 as a forklift driver at a Container Freight Station, and served in the US Army during Operation Desert Storm. He holds a BSc degree in economics from East Carolina University.


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