Panalpina appoints Alan G. Votaw as Head of industry vertical Automotive

Feb 4, 2010

Alan G. Votaw has been appointed as the head of the competence centre for the automotive industry vertical by the Panalpina Group. Automotive is one of Panalpina’s core industry groups within the customer portfolio, which also comprises oil and gas, telecommunications, hi-tech, retail and fashion and health care (pharmaceuticals and chemicals).

Alan G. Votaw, 37, has joined the other industry experts who head Panalpina’s in-house competence centres for each of the core industry groups. Alan, an American citizen who joined Panalpina in 2002, has held several managing positions within the Group, among them key account manager for one of the biggest global customers. Alan has a vast experience in areas such as customer service, supply chain management and automotive logistics.

“I am delighted to have won Alan G. Votaw for this important function” explains Sandro Knecht, member of the Panalpina Executive Board and responsible for Marketing & Sales and Supply Chain Management. “Alan has consistently demonstrated his industry specific know-how, leadership competences and an extraordinary customer focus. He has all the pre-requisites to implement tailor-made solutions and generate added value for our existing and potential customers”, Sandro Knecht adds. “The automotive industry is of highest strategic importance for Panalpina and I am fully convinced that Alan will help us to leverage and expand our automotive customer base and product portfolio on a global scale!”

Alan G. Votaw is also looking forward to his new responsibilities. “The companies of the automotive industry are facing big challenges to generate sustainable profitable growth in an on-going difficult market environment. I am looking forward to helping them achieve this goal by providing professional logistics products and customer oriented solutions”, he elaborates.

The pressure on the producers of vehicles and accessories is still very high, although some positive signs are visible in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis which has hit the automotive industry very hard. This in turn provides the industry partners such as transport and logistics providers with big challenges. For many years, Panalpina has been one of the most important providers of logistics services for automotive companies who can continue to rely on Panalpina’s know-how in the future.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 75 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs 15,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.