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Freight’s Klaus-Michael Kühne Honorary Chairman, Kuehne + Nagel


integral part of the company’s growth. Klaus-Michael Kühne originally trained as a banker and


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freight forwarder before joining the family firm in 1958, aged 21. The company had been founded in 1890 in the German port of Bremen by August Kühne and Friedrich Nagel, and originally focused on handling commodities. Its international expansion was initiated by August’s


son, Alfred, in the 1950s, and accelerated by his grandson, Klaus-Michael, after he took the helm in 1966. Its growth has been characterised by aggressive


acquisition of smaller competitors to increase its market share in geographical areas where it had a limited presence, as well industries that it wanted to penetrate. It is now the third-largest freight forwarder, the sixth- largest European haulier and rail freight forwarder and one


Brian Kruger MD, Toll Holdings I


t is perhaps slightly unfair to name Kruger on this list, given that as these pages go to press he has yet to step into his new role as CEO of Australia’s Toll


Holdings, but he takes the helm from the man who single-handled built the company up, and how he handles that challenge will make him one to watch in 2012. Paul Little was managing director of the company for


26 years, taking it from a small trucking company with 125 employees in 1986, to the global stage


with over 40,000 staff during one of the most extraordinary periods of acquisition that came to international attention with the hostile takeover of Australian terminal operator Patrick Stevedores in 2005. By that time however, Little already had 42


acquisitions under his belt. Kruger, with Toll since 2009, inherits a diversified


organisation where there are still a substantial number of integration projects under way.


Steve Larsen President, Cat Logistics T


he sheer scale of US engineering manufacturer Caterpillar’s operations is impressive, and with revenues of $42.5 billion in 2010 it is the leading


manufacturer of construction equipment and heavy plant machinery. Over the years it has shown an amazing ability to


shift to a global scale and the company’s supply chain division – Cat Logistics – has been at the heart of that success. Steve Larsen joined Caterpillar in 1979 and held a


variety of positions before being named president for the US operations of Cat Logistics in 2005 and then president and CEO of the entire organisation in 2008. As such, he has had to steer it through the


recession, and one of the most challenging issues facing him is what to do with Cat Logistics’ highly successful third-party logistics business, which undergoing a strategic review. His options include selling it or restructuring it as an independent business within Cat Logistics.


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he chief of the world’s largest sea freight forwarder naturally takes a place at the high table of world trade, especially if he has constituted such an


of the forerunners in the field of contract logistics. And throughout the recession and its aftermath, the company has consistently delivered strong profits to its shareholders, of which Kühne remains the largest. Despite officially handing over the chairmanship to Karl


Gernandt earlier this year, Kühne still retains a considerable influence in the management of the company. Not only that, but as one of the freight industry’s


richest men, he has extended his influence into other areas. He was absolutely crucial in keeping Hapag-Lloyd in German ownership, putting together the Albert Ballinn consortium that currently part owns it along with TUI, and is tipped to acquire the remaining 43% still in the hands of the travel group in 2012. He is also instrumental in establishing logistics as an


academic subject, after being behind the creation of the Hamburg School of Logistics in 2003, which later became the Kühne Logistics University.


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