Carole Walker leads Hermes Europe

02.11.2017 | Hamburg

Long-time Chief of Hermes UK has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Europe, Hamburg. The experienced and highly successful manager takes over the leadership of all European logistics activities of the Otto Group from Donald Pilz.

Long-time Chief of Hermes UK has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Europe, Hamburg. The experienced and highly successful manager takes over the leadership of all European logistics activities of the Otto Group from Donald Pilz.

Carole Walker, one of the most successful managers of the Otto Group, was appointed CEO of Hermes Europe GmbH, Hamburg, the holding company for all European logistics activities of the Otto Group.

She joined the Otto Group 30 years ago and became Operations Director of Hermes UK in 2001 after having worked in operational business in the fields of Customer Service and Warehousing. Having successfully completed her MBA, she contributed in an exceptional manner to the success of the company as Managing Director since 2004 and as Chief Executive Officer since 2009.

“We are delighted to have found in Ms Walker a very experienced, highly successful and very strong personality with proven leadership qualities for this important task and wish her all the best“, emphasises Hanjo Schneider, Member of the Executive Board Otto Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Hermes Europe GmbH.

Walkers predecessor Donald Pilz has decided to resign as CEO of the Management Board of Hermes Europe GmbH due to differing views on the strategic direction of the Hermes Group.

Donald Pilz joined the Management Board of Hermes Europe GmbH as chairman on March 1st, 2016. He previously held various management positions in the transport and logistics sector, in particular for the TNT Group, where he headed, amongst others, the German business unit as CEO and later the Western and Central Europe
region of TNT Express. Prior to joining Hermes Europe, Mr Pilz was CEO of Palletways GmbH and Member of the European Board of Palletways Ltd.

The Otto Group sincerely regrets that Donald Pilz decided to leave the company, thanks him very much for his achievements and wishes him every success in his continuing career and all the best for his personal future.

Martijn de Lange, Managing Director of Hermes UK, will succeed Carole Walker as CEO of Hermes UK.

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About Hermes

Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners numerous distance sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the twelve Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfilment, home deliveries and 2-man handling. In 2016 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.640 billion euros and increased the number of employees grows to 12,618. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the UK, France, Russia, Italy and Austria. More information: newsroom.hermesworld.com.

 

About Otto Group

Founded in Germany in 1949, today the Otto Group is a globally operating retail and services group with around 49,750 employees. The Group includes 123 major companies and is present in over 30 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Its business activities are grouped into three segments: Multichannel Retail, Financial Services and Service. In the 2016/17 financial year (to 28 February), the Otto Group generated turnover of 12.5 billion euros. It is one of the world’s largest online retailer. E-commerce, catalogue sales and over-the-counter retail form the three pillars of the Otto Group’s Multichannel Retail strategy. Its worldwide corporate activities, numerous strategic partnerships and joint ventures provide the Otto Group with excellent opportunities to transfer know-how and leverage areas of synergy potential. Group companies operate largely independently, guaranteeing flexibility, customer proximity and optimum target-group appeal in their respective national markets. For further information on the Otto Group visit www.ottogroup.com.

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