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Career Tracks: DB Schenker hires HR expert

JAXPORT, MiX Telematics, Höegh Autoliners, Volvo and Mack Trucks also turn to veteran talent

German logistics giant DB Schenker has hired Katharina Rath as its chief human resources officer.  

She also will serve as a member of the Schenker AG management board.

Levin Holle, chairman of Schenker’s supervisory board, called Rath “an internationally experienced expert in various fields of HR.”

Rath is joining DB Schenker from Continental Automotive Technologies. With Continental for almost two decades, she most recently has been the senior vice president of human relations, automotive technologies, and holistic engineering and technologies.

DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes said he looked forward to working with Rath, who officially joins the company on Dec. 1. “With her experience and network, she will further drive our global transformation process and will enhance DB Schenker’s position as an employer of choice in the digital age.” 

Thursday’s announcement from DB Schenker said Rath will replace Thomas Schulz, who will leave the company on Oct. 31 at the end of his appointment period. Schulz led the company’s HR organization for eight years. 

MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics, a global provider of fleet and asset management solutions, has hired software-as-a-service (SaaS) expert John Nichols as executive vice president of sales for North America.

John Nichols joins MiX Telematics as executive vice president of sales.

Nichols had been the global director of sales at ETQ.

“John has deep experience taking early and mid-stage VC-backed companies into hypergrowth mode and that’s the mindset we need for our North American sales team,” said MiX Group Chief Operating Officer Charles Tasker. “He is also a longtime SaaS veteran who’s familiar with the challenges and opportunities ahead of us and has a proven track record of successful market launches.”

Nichols has worked in SaaS leadership for 15 years and has helped drive sales growth for such companies in the logistics optimization space as Packsize and FourKites. He also has experience selling both hardware and software and has helped fast-growing software companies formulate and execute their go-to-market plans.

“MiX has a massive global footprint, yet is able to operate regionally with the same agility as a SaaS startup,” Nichols said. “It’s unique to see a company with this much experience and leverage that’s also so nimble. I felt right at home with the MiX leadership team and culture and feel I can make significant contributions to MiX’s growth right out of the gate.”

MiX Telematics has offices in the United States, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Uganda, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. It is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.


The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has selected Nick Primrose as its first chief of regulatory compliance.

Primrose will oversee the port’s regulatory compliance in the areas of maritime law, environmental policy, emergency preparedness and risk management. He also will serve as a JAXPORT liaison with the city of Jacksonville, Florida. 

Nick Primrose joins JAXPORT as its chief of regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining JAXPORT, he served as deputy general counsel for Florida Govs. Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott and general counsel for Florida Division of Emergency Management. In these positions, Primrose provided oversight and regulatory strategy on transportation, emergency preparedness, the economy and other matters impacting the people of Florida.

“As we grow our port and the positive impact we have on the region’s economy, building on our role as a good corporate citizen continues to be a priority,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “Nick’s expertise in regulatory oversight and risk management, along with his passion for public service, makes him an excellent fit for this position.”

Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners has promoted Oskar Orstadius to chief of sales. He replaces Thomas Ramdahl, who the company said recently resigned to take a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity with a startup. 

Orstadius joined Oslo, Norway-headquartered Höegh Autoliners in 2012 as head of global port and cargo operations. He became the head of breakbulk in 2014 and then in 2018 moved to Japan to lead the teams in Asia. 

Andreas Enger, who took over as Höegh Autoliners’ CEO last week, also announced that Lise Duetoft will serve as interim chief strategy and analytics officer, a new role on the leadership team.

Duetoft had been an investment director at Høegh Capital Partners “and this move builds on eight years of close collaboration between the company and its shareholders,” the announcement said. 

Before joining Høegh Capital Partners, she held senior leadership roles in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial development with European technology company Computacenter. Earlier in her career, Duetoft worked as an engagement manager for McKinsey & Co.


Jens Holtinger has been named head of Volvo’s global truck production and a member of the company’s executive board.

Effective Oct. 1, Holtinger will replace Jan Ohlsson, who Volvo said is retiring after a long career.

Holtinger joined the Volvo Group in 1995 and has held several senior positions, including head of production in Ghent, Belgium, and Skovde and Tuve, Sweden. He currently is the senior vice president of Europe and Brazil truck manufacturing.

Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has named Gunnar Brunius vice president and general manager of its Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, operations, effective Oct. 1.

The Lehigh Valley facility produces heavy-duty Mack trucks for the North American and export markets.

Brunius has served as vice president of the Volvo Trucks vehicle assembly plant in Tuve, Sweden, since 2015. He has nearly 40 years of manufacturing, engineering and business experience at the Volvo Group, Saab Automotive AB and General Motors. 

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Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.