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DHL Global Forwarding appoints new country manager to drive growth and development in Ethiopia

Kidist Teklu Kemeshi ( Photo credit : DHL)

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DHL Global Forwarding appoints new country manager to drive growth and development in Ethiopia 

  • Kidist Teklu Kemeshi will succeed Silvio Weiland, who will be taking on the role of Global Head of Product and Procurement, DHL Same Day in the US

Ethiopia, 31 July 2023: DHL Global Forwarding (DGF), the international provider of air, ocean and road freight services, has named Kidist Teklu Kemeshi as Country Manager for its operations in Ethiopia, effective 15 June 2023. Kidist takes over from Silvio Weiland, who will move to the US to take on the responsibility as Global Head of Product & Procurement at DHL Same Day.

Originally from Ethiopia, Kidist brings with her nearly a decade of expertise in logistics, having previously served as a Country Manager at ISS Global Forwarding, where she played a pivotal role in the successful execution of various projects. In her new role, she will report to Shreekesh Karia, CEO Eastern Africa.  

Shreekesh Karia, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Eastern Africa, commented: “Kidist’s exceptional experience and strong local knowledge make her the ideal choice to drive growth, strengthen our partnerships, and contribute to the development of the logistics sector in Ethiopia. Her passion and enthusiasm for the growth of the region are in tandem with her desire to grow the business, and I’m confident that she will excel in this role.”

On her new role as Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Ethiopia, Kidist Teklu Kemeshi said: “I’m thrilled to lead DHL Global Forwarding’s logistics operations in Ethiopia and grateful to them for placing their trust and confidence in me. The country’s strategic location and increasing activities present immense potential for the logistics industry. I’m committed to building on the existing foundation and working closely with our team to deliver exceptional services to our clients while contributing to the growth and development of the region. 

“I’m committed to applying my experience from different markets to build on previous successes and advance the strategic focuses on digitalisation and sustainability in this region. With DHL’s global experience, unparalleled supply chain management knowledge, advanced solutions and understanding of the local markets, I believe we can add significant value to our customers’ supply chains.”

One of  Kidist s key objectives is to utilise technology to ensure active engagement and improved visibility for customers throughout all processes. By integrating advanced digital solutions, DHL Global Forwarding will empower clients with real-time tracking and efficient management of their shipments.  

“Introducing leading solutions like digital freight platform Saloodo! and the myDHLi portal will help connect shippers and carriers in a neutral marketplace while giving them 360⁰ visibility and full control over their shipments,”  Kidist concluded.

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