As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel is responsible for the global management of the world’s leading mail and logistics services group, Deutsche Post DHL Group. Frank Appel joined the Group in 2000 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. He held various positions within the Board of Management. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management.
Prior to joining Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel was a managing partner at McKinsey & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has an MSc in chemistry from the University of Munich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Our world is constantly reinventing itself in the wake of profound advances in technology. This global transformation is not a risk but an opportunity – and an indispensable engine for growth and development.
The major sources of uncertainty of our age are increasingly global in nature. Pandemics, terrorism, natural disasters and the vast stream of refugees they entail - in a globalized world everything that happens, happens as if "just around the corner".
Globalization powers world trade, fuels economic output and facilitates the international transfer of knowledge. Free trade agreements help raise standards of living in countries that sign such treaties, and they can create new jobs.
You may remember the rhyme that begins 'For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost…’ Eventually this lost nail leads to the kingdom being lost. I think modern supply chain experts can learn a lot from this old rhyme. It shows how connected things are, and how a small, minor disruption can grow and grow – until the kingdom is lost. Or, to use more modern terms: your contract, your customer, your cash.
The ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization came to a successful conclusion at the beginning of December 2013. After a series of tough negotiations, the delegates reached an agreement designed to streamline global trade. Frank Appel shares his thoughts on the agreement's importance and global connectedness.
Business leaders from around the world met in Bali last week at the APEC CEO Summit 2013. I was delighted to be a part of this event as I still see significant business potential in Asia Pacific.
Better climate protection means departing from established ways to make room for new ideas. Individual companies can – and do – make a big contribution. But when business and policymakers work together, we can find innovative and lasting solutions much more quickly.
For businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, President Obama’s State of the Union address contained a highly welcome message: The Administration will “launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union.”
When people talk about Europe today, the discussion is frequently consumed by the sovereign debt crisis and the heavy price it is extracting from southern member states of the EU. This is unfortunate, because the success story of Europe as a guarantor of peace and stability gets lost in the shuffle - just like the region’s great potential to continue writing this chronicle of political and economic prosperity.
When I visit our multinational customers or interact with our 470,000 employees worldwide, I observe regularly the benefits of global connectedness both in economic and human terms. I believe it’s one of the key forces shaping our future, and that it holds vast, untapped potential to sustainably improve life on our planet.