Our team

Silke Biedka

Leadership Navigator
Silke Biedka is an expert in leadership in digital change. As an emotional bodyguard she has accompanied the top executives of the economy for 20 years – in the last 8 years she has been increasingly active in the logistics sector. She is regarded as a proven relationship and management expert. In digital change, the leadership skills of company heads are of decisive importance to her. Especially in the areas of awareness leadership, mental change processes and the creation of a contemporary management culture, she sees a great need for development. For her it is more important than ever to navigate people, to give them orientation and to set an example for their ability to change.
“It’s not about knowledge, it’s about skill.”

Silke Biedka

Leadership Navigator
Silke Biedka is an expert in leadership in digital change. As an emotional bodyguard she has accompanied the top executives of the economy for 20 years – in the last 8 years she has been increasingly active in the logistics sector. She is regarded as a proven relationship and management expert. In digital change, the leadership skills of company heads are of decisive importance to her. Especially in the areas of awareness leadership, mental change processes and the creation of a contemporary management culture, she sees a great need for development. For her it is more important than ever to navigate people, to give them orientation and to set an example for their ability to change.
“It’s not about knowledge, it’s about skill.”

Florian Braun

Digital Navigator
Florian Braun is a managing partner of the Digital Navigators GmbH. He spent the last 15 years in the logistics industry working for DHL and DB Schenker. During this time, he gained extensive experience in Sales and Product Management. In his last corporate role Florian was globally responsible for creating digital ocean freight solutions. Based on his in-depth knowledge of the air and ocean freight market he puts technology into a meaningful business context to create a direct impact on revenue generation and profitability.
“Technology will lead to true differentiation.”

Florian Braun

Digital Navigator
Florian Braun is a managing partner of the Digital Navigators GmbH. He spent the last 15 years in the logistics industry working for DHL and DB Schenker. During this time, he gained extensive experience in Sales and Product Management. In his last corporate role Florian was globally responsible for creating digital ocean freight solutions. Based on his in-depth knowledge of the air and ocean freight market he puts technology into a meaningful business context to create a direct impact on revenue generation and profitability.
“Technology will lead to true differentiation.”

Dave Clarke

Innovation Navigator
Dave Clarke has spent 27 years in the supply chain and logistics industry working in technology and related fields. In his various leadership roles, he was responsible for developing and supporting solutions across all functions of business operations in Europe and beyond. He has also worked with some of the largest global technology organizations and various leading universities in developing innovatory products for the logistics and supply chain markets. In an ever increasingly commoditized market, continual innovation will be the only way companies can truly differentiate themselves.
“Innovation is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” – Peter Drucker

Dave Clarke

Innovation Navigator
Dave Clarke has spent 27 years in the supply chain and logistics industry working in technology and related fields. In his various leadership roles, he was responsible for developing and supporting solutions across all functions of business operations in Europe and beyond. He has also worked with some of the largest global technology organizations and various leading universities in developing innovatory products for the logistics and supply chain markets. In an ever increasingly commoditized market, continual innovation will be the only way companies can truly differentiate themselves.
“Innovation is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” – Peter Drucker

Harald Hemming

Improvement Navigator
Harald Hemming is an expert with an almost 30 years successful track record of leading operations excellence and solutions engineering programs (with focus on logistics and supply chain) across multinational and complex environments. His industry sector experience includes the diverse fields of 3PL, Automotive, Industrial and Pharma. Next to leading strategy execution he focusses on optimization of existing as well as on implementation of new operations. He has worked on senior management positions at Kuehne + Nagel Group, where he initially built and lead Operations Technology and Solutions Engineering division and later the Production Excellence from launch to organisational maturity, leading large multicultural global expert teams.
“Successful processes, structures and technologies are determined by the value they add in the client relationship.”

Harald Hemming

Improvement Navigator
Harald Hemming is an expert with an almost 30 years successful track record of leading operations excellence and solutions engineering programs (with focus on logistics and supply chain) across multinational and complex environments. His industry sector experience includes the diverse fields of 3PL, Automotive, Industrial and Pharma. Next to leading strategy execution he focusses on optimization of existing as well as on implementation of new operations. He has worked on senior management positions at Kuehne + Nagel Group, where he initially built and lead Operations Technology and Solutions Engineering division and later the Production Excellence from launch to organisational maturity, leading large multicultural global expert teams.
“Successful processes, structures and technologies are determined by the value they add in the client relationship.”

Andreas Heuser

Legal Navigator
Andreas Heuser, attorney since 1982, values trust and competence. With almost 10 years of experience in an international freight forwarding company and as former managing director of a company for the establishment of a general cargo distribution network, as well as in his current position as partner of Schnebbe, Heuser & Partner, he has specialized on the comprehensive consulting of middle-sized business. His focus lies on the shipping, transport and logistics industry, manufacturing and trading companies as well as transport liability and insurers. Andreas advises on the drafting of contracts with international shippers and on damage and insurance matters. He represents his clients in negotiations regarding company formations, the acquisition and sale of companies as well as in periods of company crises and also in court, if needed. Expert consulting at eye level and trust through knowledge transfer enable Andreas to navigate his clients through the rough and unknown seas of law.
“We speak the language of forwarder.”

Andreas Heuser

Legal Navigator
Andreas Heuser, attorney since 1982, values trust and competence. With almost 10 years of experience in an international freight forwarding company and as former managing director of a company for the establishment of a general cargo distribution network, as well as in his current position as partner of Schnebbe, Heuser & Partner, he has specialized on the comprehensive consulting of middle-sized business. His focus lies on the shipping, transport and logistics industry, manufacturing and trading companies as well as transport liability and insurers. Andreas advises on the drafting of contracts with international shippers and on damage and insurance matters. He represents his clients in negotiations regarding company formations, the acquisition and sale of companies as well as in periods of company crises and also in court, if needed. Expert consulting at eye level and trust through knowledge transfer enable Andreas to navigate his clients through the rough and unknown seas of law.
“We speak the language of forwarder.”

Ralf Jahncke

Rail Navigator

Ralf Jahncke is President & CEO of TransCare GmbH. After studying transport management, the traffic expert worked for a medium-sized freight forwarder. Afterwards he was Managing Director of Kombiverkehr, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kombinierte Güterverkehr mbH & Co. KG, which he developed into a leading provider of combined rail road transport in Europe. During this period he also initiated and founded Kombiwaggon GmbH, before starting his own consulting for logistics and transport in 1993.

Ralf Jahncke has extensive knowledge and contacts in rail transport and in the transport and logistics industry. In the market he is known and appreciated for pragmatic, efficient solutions. With a flair for strategic opportunities and an in-depth understanding of operational processes, he supports you from the first idea through conceptualization to implementation.

“Nothing is constant but change.”

Ralf Jahncke

Rail Navigator

Ralf Jahncke is President & CEO of TransCare GmbH. After studying transport management, the traffic expert worked for a medium-sized freight forwarder. Afterwards he was Managing Director of Kombiverkehr, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kombinierte Güterverkehr mbH & Co. KG, which he developed into a leading provider of combined rail road transport in Europe. During this period he also initiated and founded Kombiwaggon GmbH, before starting his own consulting for logistics and transport in 1993.

Ralf Jahncke has extensive knowledge and contacts in rail transport and in the transport and logistics industry. In the market he is known and appreciated for pragmatic, efficient solutions. With a flair for strategic opportunities and an in-depth understanding of operational processes, he supports you from the first idea through conceptualization to implementation.

“Nothing is constant but change.”

Ewald Kaiser

Corporate Navigator
Ewald Kaiser is managing partner of the Corporate Navigator GmbH & Co. KG and a recognized expert of the logistics industry. For more than 20 years he has held senior management positions at C level, both in group companies such as Kühne + Nagel and most recently at DB Schenker as well as in medium-sized companies. He was also a co-shareholder in Militzer & Münch, a medium-sized family business. In all his stations, he has succeeded in setting clear accents, developing and implementing strategies that have had a lasting positive effect on the company’s development.
“Digital technologies will generate new business models and transform entire value chains.”
Ewald Kaiser

Ewald Kaiser

Corporate Navigator
Ewald Kaiser is managing partner of the Corporate Navigator GmbH & Co. KG and a recognized expert of the logistics industry. For more than 20 years he has held senior management positions at C level, both in group companies such as Kühne + Nagel and most recently at DB Schenker as well as in medium-sized companies. He was also a co-shareholder in Militzer & Münch, a medium-sized family business. In all his stations, he has succeeded in setting clear accents, developing and implementing strategies that have had a lasting positive effect on the company’s development.
“Digital technologies will generate new business models and transform entire value chains.”

Ann-Kathrin Löhr

Agile Navigator
Ann-Kathrin Löhr is adept in the field of agile transitioning and organizational development. She supports and consults teams and cooperations in introducing and implementing agile thinking and handling. Her skills result out of 12 years of experience as an internal organizational developer.
Ann-Kathrin has been a shareholder for 16 years in a 3rd generation, family-owned company for which she fulfilled the CEO position for 8 years. She knows exactly what kind of challenges companies are facing while transitioning digitally, she recognizes its development potential and is also able to locate, evaluate and release it. Using her extensive entrepreneurial experience, she is familiar with the responsibility that comes along with immense transitional processes, which makes her exceptional in agile coaching.
“Change will only be possible with the right mindset, a change in mindset will only be possible with the right behavior. “

Ann-Kathrin Löhr

Agile Navigator
Ann-Kathrin Löhr is adept in the field of agile transitioning and organizational development.She supports and consults teams and cooperations in introducing and implementing agile thinking and handling. Her skills result out of 12 years of experience as an internal organizational developer.
Ann-Kathrin has been a shareholder for 16 years in a 3rd generation, family-owned company for which she fulfilled the CEO position for 8 years. She knows exactly what kind of challenges companies are facing while transitioning digitally, she recognizes its development potential and is also able to locate, evaluate and release it. Using her extensive entrepreneurial experience, she is familiar with the responsibility that comes along with immense transitional processes, which makes her exceptional in agile coaching.
“Change will only be possible with the right mindset, a change in mindset will only be possible with the right behavior.”

Uwe Matern

Integration Navigator

Uwe Matern is an expert in digitization for small and medium-sized companys with 20+ years of experience in IT as well as logistics.

Consistently acting in the domain of integration he has built up and managed delivery units at DACHSER and KUEHNE + NAGEL successfully.

His deep dive process understanding paired with hands-on as well as leadership mentality increases the chances of success in customer projects.

Challenging projects with the aim of implementation, integration and/or migration of TMS and other core logistics applications are his favorite field of activity.

“Smart and comprehensive integration is key for state of the art logistics systems.”

Uwe Matern

Integration Navigator

Uwe Matern is an expert in digitization for small and medium-sized companys with 20+ years of experience in IT as well as logistics.

Consistently acting in the domain of integration he has built up and managed delivery units at DACHSER and KUEHNE + NAGEL successfully.

His deep dive process understanding paired with hands-on as well as leadership mentality increases the chances of success in customer projects.

Challenging projects with the aim of implementation, integration and/or migration of TMS and other core logistics applications are his favorite field of activity.

“Smart and comprehensive integration is key for state of the art logistics systems.”

Ralf Morawietz

IT Navigator
Ralf Morawietz built up his experience from the foundations of modern IT to Executive Board Positions. At DPDHL he got deep insights into the programs, processes and dynamics of a global organization. At Kuehne + Nagel he led the IT internal development of the Air & Ocean System and initiated the move from Waterfall Development towards agile Software Development Principals.
As CIO of Panalpina he transformed IT into an agile, results driven & delivering IT organization deeply aligned with the business. He was in charge of the Customer Journey Project and the successful rollout of the SAP TM System.
He is an outstanding Leader who has demonstrated many times how to develop, align and lead multi cultural teams to become best-in-class.
“Change is not something that comes with an Operations Manual, but is a change in behavior and thinking.”

Ralf Morawietz

IT Navigator
Ralf Morawietz built up his experience from the foundations of modern IT to Executive Board Positions. At DPDHL he got deep insights into the programs, processes and dynamics of a global organization. At Kuehne + Nagel he led the IT internal development of the Air & Ocean System and initiated the move from Waterfall Development towards agile Software Development Principals.
As CIO of Panalpina he transformed IT into an agile, results driven & delivering IT organization deeply aligned with the business. He was in charge of the Customer Journey Project and the successful rollout of the SAP TM System.
He is an outstanding Leader who has demonstrated many times how to develop, align and lead multi cultural teams to become best-in-class.
“Change is not something that comes with an Operations Manual, but is a change in behavior and thinking.”

Aleksandra Orman

People Navigator
Aleksandra Orman is a senior professional with 15 years of experience in the sphere of international Human Resources, Coaching and Consulting. She has developed her expertise in multicultural environments, across the diverse fields of Logistics, Financial Services, Automotive and Healthcare. Her range of experience covers start-ups and established owner-led companies to build successful, talent-centric organizations. She has a strong, measurable track record of taking companies to the next level of organizational maturity. Aleksandra holds an MBA, an Executive degree in Change and Organizational Renewal from Stanford university and is Marshall Goldsmith (SCC) / John Mattone (ICF) accredited Coach.
“People determine the ultimate success of your business. If you understand what drives them, you are on-track to unleash your company’s massive potential.”

Aleksandra Orman

People Navigator
Aleksandra Orman is a senior professional with 15 years of experience in the sphere of international Human Resources, Coaching and Consulting. She has developed her expertise in multicultural environments, across the diverse fields of Logistics, Financial Services, Automotive and Healthcare. Her range of experience covers start-ups and established owner-led companies to build successful, talent-centric organizations. She has a strong, measurable track record of taking companies to the next level of organizational maturity. Aleksandra holds an MBA, an Executive degree in Change and Organizational Renewal from Stanford university and is Marshall Goldsmith (SCC) / John Mattone (ICF) accredited Coach.
“People determine the ultimate success of your business. If you understand what drives them, you are on-track to unleash your company’s massive potential.”

Ina Richter

Event Navigator

Ina Richter is a self-employed virtual assistant and expert for event management. She gained her expertise in various industries. Among other positions, she worked in an agency for live-communication and designed events for large corporations and luxury brands. At DB Schenker she supported executives and board members in their daily business processes and in the organization of management meetings for almost 4 years. With her personalized offer she is a real timesaver for her customers and keeps their backs free so that they can focus more on their core business. Versatility and continuous development are the main attractions of her work. For Ina, personal and digital are not contradictory. Conscious leadership, empathy and flexibility lay the foundation for a digital transformation in which the individual remains in the foreground.

“Events are experiences. Experiences create emotions. And emotions stay in the mind, creating connections.”

Ina Richter

Event Navigator

Ina Richter is a self-employed virtual assistant and expert for event management. She gained her expertise in various industries. Among other positions, she worked in an agency for live-communication and designed events for large corporations and luxury brands. At DB Schenker she supported executives and board members in their daily business processes and in the organization of management meetings for almost 4 years. With her personalized offer she is a real timesaver for her customers and keeps their backs free so that they can focus more on their core business. Versatility and continuous development are the main attractions of her work. For Ina, personal and digital are not contradictory. Conscious leadership, empathy and flexibility lay the foundation for a digital transformation in which the individual remains in the foreground.

“Events are experiences. Experiences create emotions. And emotions stay in the mind, creating connections.”

Stefan Schneider

Network Navigator

Stefan Schneider

Network Navigator

Markus Schweitzer

Air Navigator
Markus Schweitzer combines in-depth industry expertise with the analytical and methodological rigor gained in an earlier 15-year career in business consulting. He is a strong believer in the forwarding industry’s strengths in terms of resilience, competitiveness, and its sheer ability to “make it happen”. Most recently he led the global Air Freight Systems & Processes team at Panalpina. In this function he was responsible for the successful deployment of a new transport management system to 2000+ operators, including the accompanying process transformation. In parallel he led the definition and implementation of a new operating model to sustain significant volume growth on a flat cost base. Markus has a strong track record in facilitating and driving informed and fact-based decisions across organizational boundaries.
“Focus on digitalization where it makes a difference.”

Markus Schweitzer

Air Navigator
Markus Schweitzer combines in-depth industry expertise with the analytical and methodological rigor gained in an earlier 15-year career in business consulting. He is a strong believer in the forwarding industry’s strengths in terms of resilience, competitiveness, and its sheer ability to “make it happen”. Most recently he led the global Air Freight Systems & Processes team at Panalpina. In this function he was responsible for the successful deployment of a new transport management system to 2000+ operators, including the accompanying process transformation. In parallel he led the definition and implementation of a new operating model to sustain significant volume growth on a flat cost base. Markus has a strong track record in facilitating and driving informed and fact-based decisions across organizational boundaries.
“Focus on digitalization where it makes a difference.”

Robert Trenkel

Communication Navigator
Robert Trenkel is an expert for change communication and managing director of the PR and marketing agency STURMFEST. He has worked in leading positions for national and international agencies and clients. As a lecturer for “Integrated Communication and Crossmedia”, he taught at Macromedia University until 2018. Within the conversion of communication, digital transformation processes have a special significance, as the future of the company is redefined by the strategic reorientation. Communication can become a success factor.
“An intensive dialogue with all stakeholders is necessary in the context of digitization processes.”

Robert Trenkel

Communication Navigator
Robert Trenkel is an expert for change communication and managing director of the PR and marketing agency STURMFEST. He has worked in leading positions for national and international agencies and clients. As a lecturer for “Integrated Communication and Crossmedia”, he taught at Macromedia University until 2018. Within the conversion of communication, digital transformation processes have a special significance, as the future of the company is redefined by the strategic reorientation. Communication can become a success factor.
“An intensive dialogue with all stakeholders is necessary in the context of digitization processes.”

Christian van Eeden

Digital Navigator
Christian is managing partner of the Digital Navigators GmbH. At DB Schenker, over the last 15 years, Christian has created and worked on various software logistics projects throughout the entire supply chain, from procurement to internal/external pricing creation, to shipment booking and tracking. Recently focusing on the architecture of creating a fully digital service offering for customers and move the existing freight processes towards a fully collaborative environment. He is passionate about using technology to bring people together to find solutions for the most challenging problems.
“Smart systems don’t replace smart people.”

Christian van Eeden

Digital Navigator
Christian is managing partner of the Digital Navigators GmbH. At DB Schenker, over the last 15 years, Christian has created and worked on various software logistics projects throughout the entire supply chain, from procurement to internal/external pricing creation, to shipment booking and tracking. Recently focusing on the architecture of creating a fully digital service offering for customers and move the existing freight processes towards a fully collaborative environment. He is passionate about using technology to bring people together to find solutions for the most challenging problems.
“Smart systems don’t replace smart people.”

Gerard van Kesteren

Financial Navigator
Gerard is a financial specialist in the global logistics sector and is a non-executive director in a number of companies, as well as a senior advisor with McKinsey & Partners, and has extensive international experience and financial management capabilities. Gerard worked with Kuehne + Nagel for a total of 25 years; from 1999 until 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Management Board. In addition, Gerard was awarded the CFO of the Year 2010 and was appointed Chairman of the CFO Circle (Switzerland) 2014-2019.
“The objective of Finance and Controlling should be to provide ultimate transparency to enable the business to grow.”

Gerard van Kesteren

Financial Navigator
Gerard is a financial specialist in the global logistics sector and is a non-executive director in a number of companies, as well as a senior advisor with McKinsey & Partners, and has extensive international experience and financial management capabilities. Gerard worked with Kuehne + Nagel for a total of 25 years; from 1999 until 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Management Board. In addition, Gerard was awarded the CFO of the Year 2010 and was appointed Chairman of the CFO Circle (Switzerland) 2014-2019.
“The objective of Finance and Controlling should be to provide ultimate transparency to enable the business to grow.”

Frank Vetter

Process Navigator Air & Ocean
Frank Vetter has 40 years of Air and Ocean Logistic experience, gaining first operational knowledge at Kuehne + Nagel followed by developing and leading the Global Process and Systems Air and Ocean Logistic Organization very successfully, before restructuring and managing same at Panalpina. Under his responsibility several Transport Management Systems have been developed and implemented including the necessary transformational processes, regarding Standardization, Digitalization, Change Management, Organizational Development as well as the set up and integration of transactional and operational Global Service Centers.
“Standardization and controlled Processes as well as a correlating Company Culture are the prerequisites for a successful Transformation and Digitalization”

Frank Vetter

Process Navigator Air & Ocean
Frank Vetter has 40 years of Air and Ocean Logistic experience, gaining first operational knowledge at Kuehne + Nagel followed by developing and leading the Global Process and Systems Air and Ocean Logistic Organization very successfully, before restructuring and managing same at Panalpina. Under his responsibility several Transport Management Systems have been developed and implemented including the necessary transformational processes, regarding Standardization, Digitalization, Change Management, Organizational Development as well as the set up and integration of transactional and operational Global Service Centers.
“Standardization and controlled Processes as well as a correlating Company Culture are the prerequisites for a successful Transformation and Digitalization.”

Nathan Zielke

Performance Navigator
Nathan Zielke combines more than 20 years of logistics- and transportation experience. He led the successful turnaround of SBB Cargo as member of their board and served as CFO within the Rail Cargo Group. At Arthur D. Little he consulted logistic corporations globally with a focus on strategy, organisation, finance and restructuring. He also is a recognized expert in digitalization and digital transformation projects and brings in a track record of 25 years in the StartUp sector (co-founder, founder, investor).
“Restructuring and digitalization are permanent processes and increasingly overlapping.”

Nathan Zielke

Performance Navigator
Nathan Zielke combines more than 20 years of logistics- and transportation experience. He led the successful turnaround of SBB Cargo as member of their board and served as CFO within the Rail Cargo Group. At Arthur D. Little he consulted logistic corporations globally with a focus on strategy, organisation, finance and restructuring. He also is a recognized expert in digitalization and digital transformation projects and brings in a track record of 25 years in the StartUp sector (co-founder, founder, investor).
“Restructuring and digitalization are permanent processes and increasingly overlapping.”

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