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Panalpina appoints CIO

Aug 9, 2012

Panalpina, one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions, has appointed Rod Angwin (52) as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). Angwin has over 30 years of IT experience in a number of major retail and consumer brands. One of the CIO’s most important tasks at Panalpina will be to define and roll out industry-specific customer facing IT solutions.

“Rod Angwin is experienced in defining and leading major systems programs in large global firms. He has a good grasp of technology but also sees the bigger picture and understands the commercial implications of IT”, said Panalpina’s CEO Monika Ribar. Angwin will take on his role as Panalpina’s CIO on September 3, 2012. He will report directly to the CEO and be a member of Panalpina’s Executive Committee (ExCom).


30 years of IT and leadership experience

52-year-old and UK-born Angwin started his career in 1981 as a programmer at British Telecom. He then worked for a decade in different IT functions at Mars Inc. Other assignments in leading roles in UK based companies including the retailers Safeway and B&Q followed. His most recent permanent role was as Group CIO for the international multi-brand builders’ merchant, Wolseley.


Customer facing IT solutions becoming increasingly important

One of Angwin’s most important tasks at Panalpina will be to define and roll out industry-specific customer facing IT solutions. “This is all about improving connectivity between us and our customers. Today, having direct connections between IT systems and live or near live access to all sorts of information about the transported goods is just as important for our customers as receiving the goods themselves”, explained Ribar, who was the company’s CIO from 2001 until 2005.


Guenther Denk to fully dedicate himself to SAP TM and Operations Transformation

With the arrival of Angwin, Guenther Denk, who has acted as Panalpina’s Corporate IT Officer since 2005, can now fully dedicate himself to SAP TM, an integrated operations application landscape for the transport industry. Denk, who has been with Panalpina for twenty-six years, has an enormous know-how of the company, the freight forwarding industry and SAP. SAP TM development and roll-out as well as SAP TM related projects are part of Panalpina’s extensive Operations Transformation Program (OTP). OTP will be managed by Denk, who will report directly to the COO, Karl Weyeneth. It was called into life to re-engineer Panalpina’s business processes and information systems across the entire organization. The ultimate objective is to improve productivity on a global scale.


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.