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Hall of Fame 2008 - Klaus-Michael Kuehne

Klaus-Michael Kuehne

Klaus-Michael Kuehne is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and the majority shareholder of the Kuehne + Nagel Group, one of the worlds leading freight forwarding and logistics companies, with a turnover of CHF 21 billion Swiss francs in 2007. The Group’s more than 51,000 employees at 830 locations in over 100 countries are skilled in every aspect of the global transportation trade by sea, air and overland as well as in providing high value integrated logistics solutions. The Group’s worldwide warehousing and distribution capacity totals more than seven million square metres.

Kuehne + Nagel’s strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight and contract logistics businesses and the providion of global integrated logistics solutions. In addition, the organisation focuses on the expansion of overland operations, IT-based lead logistics services and offers a wide range of logistics solutions tailored to individual customer requirements.

Klaus-Michael Kuehne was born in Hamburg on June 2nd , 1937. His grandfather, August Kuehne, had founded the forwarding firm Kuehne + Nagel in Bremen in 1890 together with Friedrich Nagel. Alfred Kuehne, Klaus-Michael Kuehne’s father, later laid the foundation for the company’s international expansion.

After graduating from high school, Klaus-Michael Kuehne completed a two-year banking apprenticeship. This was followed by a thorough training at forwarding and shipping companies, with shipping agents, as well as gaining first-hand experience at Kuehne + Nagel’s European and overseas branches.

In 1963, Klaus-Michael Kuehne became a general partner in his father’s company and two years later was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of the newly founded Kuehne + Nagel Speditions-AG.

After Alfred Kuehne's retirement from executive and supervisory positions in the mid-70s, Klaus-Michael Kuehne became Chief Executive Officer of the Group and delegate to the Board of Directors of the holding company, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, with its head office in Schindellegi, Switzerland.

A public company since 1994, Kuehne + Nagel International AG today holds controlling interests, either directly or indirectly, in more than 200 companies around the world; most of them are fully owned subsidiaries.

As Executive Chairman, Klaus-Michael Kuehne continues to take a strong interest in the development of the Kuehne + Nagel Group. Maintaining its leading position in the global logistics industry is of great importance to him. In this, he is following a 118-year entrepreneurial tradition.

Kuehne Foundation

The public interest Kuehne Foundation, set up by the Kuehne family in 1976, has as its sole donor Klaus-Michael Kuehne. The Foundation’s objective is to support training and further education measures as well as to foster science and research in the fields of transport and logistics. The Foundation also supports research in medical science as well as sponsoring humanitarian, charitable and cultural projects.

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