Hennie Heymans has been appointed as its Managing Director for the Sub-Saharan African region having previously been DHL’s Managing Director for its South African Express division.
Heymans will oversee 51 countries and territories, over 3,500 employees working at 250 facilities, across five regional hubs, supported by 14 dedicated DHL-branded aircraft.
In a recent statement, DHL noted that Heymans’ knowledge of operating in challenging markets, strong leadership skills, as well as his solid network within the African region made him highly suited to the new position.
Having joined the DHL in 2001, Heymans headed its Direct Business Unit, supervising telesales, agents and retail across Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho; he then moved on to hold a variety of senior positions in the company.
Ken Allen, Global CEO of DHL Express said: “Hennie has consistently delivered on some tough targets despite the sometimes uneasy economic climate. He has also played an integral role in driving leadership and motivating our people to ensure DHL remains the logistics provider of choice.
"We are confident that he will continue to grow our market share and now bring his particular brand of respectful leadership and results-driven approach to an even bigger challenge.”
Heymans said: "DHL Express will continue to invest in its people and network in Africa. Having entered the African market 37 years ago, we have witnessed the turnaround from the ‘forgotten continent’ to ‘Africa Rising’ and we now wish to be part of the next phase - ‘Africa Thriving.’”
Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to grow the share of revenues generated in emerging markets significantly and sees the whole Sub-Saharan Africa region as a major contributor to this plan.