DHL names new boss for Equatorial Africa

May 25, 2012
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DHL's Managing Director for Equatorial Africa Alan Cassels
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Global logistics, courier and freight firm DHL Express is targeting to increase its regional footprint in East and Central Africa with the opening of offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania next month.

The move is aimed at tapping into an increasing market for the company’s services with its regional operational hub for Equatorial Africa based here in Nairobi.

Speaking during a stakeholder engagement event in Nairobi, newly appointed Managing Director for Equatorial Africa Alan Cassels said cargo volumes for the region have increased immensely, prompting the need for more country offices.

“We are committed to bringing our services closer to the customers and we find Tanzania and DR Congo very strategic for this. Nairobi will, however, remain the regional hub for Equatorial Africa,” said Alan.

Alan will lead the company across all the markets within the region, including Kenya, Angola, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania to name a few.

He succeeds Alastair Russell, who worked within the DHL network for over 32 years successfully building the company in the region.

Cassels, who has an impressive career of 21 years with the company and over 30 years within the industry, brings a wealth of experience to his new position. This includes working as a Country Manager in both developing and developed countries, including stints in Poland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

“Equatorial Africa holds huge growth potential for the DHL brand as we continue to invest in infrastructure, build our customer base and deliver more value for both businesses and general consumers,” comments Cassels.

“DHL operates in more than 220 countries worldwide and over 50 within Sub-Saharan Africa with a dedicated air network and unparalleled infrastructure. This provides a huge benefit for businesses and private customers looking to access our network, connecting the countries within Equatorial Africa with the world.”

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