Stefan Karlen began as CEO of Panalpina on September 1st 2016.
A Swiss citizen, he began his freight forwarding career in 1991, with roles at Danzas and Nedlloyd Lines in Switzerland, before joining Panalpina in 1997. Since his first appointment at Air Sea Broker (Panalpina Group, West Africa Division), he has held various management positions across Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific. In 2012, he became the managing director for Southeast Asia before assuming the position of Regional CEO for Asia Pacific in 2013. Skilled in restructuring business units, managing customer relations and leading diverse teams in different countries across the globe, Karlen has played a key role in Panalpina’s international expansion.
Stefan Karlen holds an international executive MBA from I.E. Business School in Madrid, Spain and a bachelor degree in international trade and freight forwarding from EIAB, Basel, Switzerland.