Imperial Logistics International continues to strengthen its senior management structure with the appointment of Markus Kanis to the newly-created post of executive vice president for industrial and chemical.
Reporting to chief commercial officer, Sandro Knecht, and based at the company’s Zurich office, Kanis will be responsible for developing future strategy for these markets, including establishing strategic alliances.
He will build regional sales teams to support business growth and, leveraging Imperial Logistics’ existing strong capabilities, will lead the engineering of bespoke logistics solutions for multinational clients across all geographies.
His logistics career has featured a number of senior supply and demand-side posts including general manager logistics (operations) at Danzas; head of European distribution sales, and logistics key account management at Kuehne + Nagel; global head of logistics, demand and supply chain management – biotech & pharmaceutical at Johnson & Johnson, and most recently, global head of business unit – industrial, chemical and aviation – sales and business development at Kuehne + Nagel.
Knecht said: “Markus is a highly accomplished and experienced international logistics, sales and supply chain management leader. He has significant experience of managing and developing global supply chain and sales solutions within multiple markets such as Industrial (Machinery and Equipment, Manufacturing, Mining), Chemicals, Energy, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, and Aviation and Transportation. He also possesses insight that derives from many years’ work in a manufacturing environment.
“Imperial Logistics has a strong existing footprint, and an enviable reputation, within the Industrial and Chemical sectors, which we intend to use as a springboard for future growth. Markus’ impressive knowledge and experience in these business areas will be invaluable in helping us to realise our true potential. We warmly welcome him to the team.”
Kanis added: “It is a great pleasure to be able to play such a central role in shaping the business development for these important specialisms within Imperial Logistics. I look forward to the challenge of accelerating the company’s future growth, tapping into new business opportunities and further developing strategies in key markets.
“Imperial Logistics is a fantastic business, with a deep pool of talent, loyal customer base and strong structure. I am really excited about working with the team and leading the Industrial & Chemical business into the next stage in its development.”