DHL Appoints New Chief Executive Officer for DHL Freight

By Dhl, PRNE
Monday, November 14, 2011

BONN, Germany, November 15, 2011 -

  • Amadou Diallo to take on the role
  • DHL Freight is one of the largest freight forwarders in Europe
  • Thomas Nieszner succeeds Diallo in the position

DHL, the world’s leading logistics provider, announced today that Amadou Diallo is taking over the position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) DHL Freight. In his new function, Amadou Diallo will be responsible for DHL’s international Road and Rail Freight Services.

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Prior to his new responsibility, Amadou Diallo was Chief Executive Officer of DHL Global Forwarding for Africa and South Asia Pacific and a member of the DHL Global Forwarding, Freight Executive Board since 2004.  Diallo was appointed to head the South Asia Pacific region in June 2008, prior to which he was Chief Financial Officer of DP DHL Logistics Division and responsible for the integration of the supply chain management company Exel and DHL in the position of a Managing Director.

Amadou Diallo has also been serving on the Board of the Singapore Economic Development Board since 2010, is a member of the Board of Governors of the University Business School in Mumbai, and Chairman of the Future Global 100 initiative by Platinum Circle.  In 2011, Diallo was named Africa’s Innovation Leader of the Year in the Ai Investment Awards 2011.

Africa is one of DHL’s fastest growing regions in the network markets. We have the finest team in Africa and, this year we have focused on investing and growing our human resources and infrastructure to ensure African businesses have access to the logistics excellence they need. Realizing Africa’s economic dreams is critical to realizing our own as ‘the logistics company for the world’, and we are honored that our innovative work in Africa has been internationally recognized,” says Amadou Diallo.

Thomas Nieszner, who previously held the function of CEO Global Forwarding Europe/Central and Eastern Europe at DHL since 2006 succeeds Diallo and he will be responsible to drive further growth and development in the regions Europe, Middle East and Africa. From 1995 until today Thomas Nieszner held various positions within Deutsche Post DHL, including CEO Danzas Intercontinental Switzerland, CEO Danzas AEI Intercontinental, Asia Pacific and Executive Vice President Global Products, Marketing & Sales, DHL Danzas Air & Ocean. Overall, Nieszner has more than 16 years’ experience in the logistics industry. In 2010, DHL aligned Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia Pacific into one operating region under the leadership of Diallo. DHL now expands the alignment and creates the new region Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) under the leadership of Nieszner.

“Nieszner has proven his outstanding management skills in the last years as CEO DHL Europe/Central and Eastern Europe. The development of our footprint and growth of our business in this region and Sub-Saharan Africa will benefit from his leadership,” says Roger Crook, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

DHL was the first international logistics company to start operations in and out of Africa over 30 years ago and is today the undisputed market leader with the largest group of logistics experts dedicated to Africa.

Both Amadou Diallo and Thomas Nieszner will continue to report directly to Roger Crook.

DHL - The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 51 billion euros in 2010.

For more information:

At DHL, Media Relations, Juliane Ranft, Tel.: +49-228-182-99-44, E-Mail: pressestelle at, E-Postbrief: pressestelle.konzern at

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