Dr. Karl Pfaff appointed CEO of GLS Group

Dr. Karl Pfaff appointed CEO of GLS Group

GLS Group (General Logistics Systems) today announces the appointment of Dr. Karl Pfaff as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GLS Group.

Dr. Karl Pfaff will be appointed as GLS Group CEO effective October 01, 2023. He will take over from Martin Seidenberg, who has been appointed as Group CEO of IDS plc in August 2023. With the succession of Dr. Pfaff GLS continues to build on GLS experienced leadership.

Dr. Pfaff has a proven track record in international logistics. He joined GLS in 2014 after working for Lufthansa Group and Bain & Company. Dr. Pfaff held various positions in strategy, sales and operational management at GLS before he was appointed as CEO of GLS Germany in 2020 and became member of the GLS Group Executive Team. Currently, Dr. Pfaff is Group Area Managing Director responsible for Germany and BeNeLux.

Commenting on his successor, Martin Seidenberg says: “I am delighted to appoint Karl as Group CEO of GLS. Under Karl’s leadership, GLS Germany has grown significantly in revenue and profitability. He managed GLS’ transition to a highly customer centric B2B and B2C parcel network while successfully navigating the company through the turbulent times of the pandemic, strong inflation and international economic and political challenges. Karl has significantly contributed to the ongoing group wide digital transformation and to making GLS a more sustainable company.”

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Pfaff said: “It is a privilege to be appointed to lead GLS Group. GLS is an exceptional business with great potential, outstanding people and a strong brand. We will remain focused on quality and profitable growth in the current challenging macro-economic environment. Through continued investment in our people, digital excellence and quality, we want to strengthen the foundation for outstanding customer experience.”


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