By implementing regional management structures three years ago, Panalpina has reached its essential goals, in particular strengthened local sales capacities and standardized global operation processes. A second step to the further development of these structures includes the partial redistribution of responsibilities between the regional centers and corporate head office in Basel. This adjustment is particularly geared to support the group’s productivity objectives, a more efficient functional guidance on a managerial level as well a refocused global project portfolio.
Six regional centers
The current EMEA region will be divided into two regions, with Europe on the one hand and Africa / Middle East / Central Asia / India on the other hand. Furthermore, China (currently part of the APAC region) will be split from APAC into a separate region. The existing four will thus be replaced by six regions, managed by lean organizations operating as regional centers.
Four Executive Board members
As a result of these structural changes, J’rg Eggenberger (currently Regional CEO EMEA) will be appointed in a new Executive Board position as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will be directly responsible for Air and Ocean Freight Capacity Procurement, Operations, Marketing Sales as well as global quality assurance. The heads of the six regional centers will report directly to him.
At the same time Monika Ribar (currently CIO) takes over the function of CFO from Roland Wider, who has been appointed in a newly created Executive Board position as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). His main area of responsibility include Human Resources and IT as well as the management of all global projects. Consequently, the Executive Board lead by CEO Bruno Sidler will be reduced from seven to four members.