Waberer’s Announces the Appointment of Mr. Robert Ziegler as New Chief Executive Officer


WABERER’S INTERNATIONAL Nyrt. announces the appointment of Mr. Robert Ziegler as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 February 2019. He will succeed Mr. Ferenc Lajkó, whose resignation is effective from today, but who will continue to provide his expertise and advise during the next six months.

Mr. Ziegler joins from DHL Freight where he served as Chief Operations Officer from 2015. He later became Chief Executive Officer, responsible for UK and Benelux where he succesfully turned around the loss-making UK business unit. Prior to joining DHL Freight, Mr. Ziegler spent 17 years at AT Kearney as a management consultant. During this tenure, he was involved in several transportation and logistics projects, and later became the Head of AT Kearney’s travel, transportation and infrastructure practice. He also founded AT Kearney’s Middle-East Office in Dubai where he spent five years.

Mr. Ziegler said, “I am honoured to lead Waberer’s during its next phase of development and excited by the prospect of continuing the transformation of the Company’s operating model to increase efficiency, optimize the network, and drive further digitalization. I am also looking forward to growing the business profitably and delivering value to customers and shareholders.

Mr. Lajkó, who led the Company through a period of stabilization from August 2016, added, “I am proud of the 18 years spent at Waberer’s and the transformation that the Company went through under my leadership. I have decided it is now time to look for new challenges. I will continue to be available for the Company during the next six months to facilitate a smooth transition period.

Mr. Gerard van Kesteren, Chairman of the Board, commented, “After an indepth review of the Company’s performance and a thorough succession planning process, we have identified Mr. Ziegler as the clear choice to lead Waberer’s into the next phase of its development. He is a highly experienced, results-oriented and high-integrity leader with an excellent track record in improving operational efficiency, implementing change and growing businesses. With these capabilities and his international experience, we are confident that he can successfully lead the Company’s next phase of development. We thank Mr. Lajkó for his contribution and wish him success in his new endeavours.

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