Sara Gerdner Kalle CCO Svitzer

CCO Sara Gerdner Kalle. Photo credit: Svitzer.

The Danish headquartered global towage provider Svitzer has announced the appointment of Sara Gerdner Kalle as its new Chief Commercial Officer for Svitzer Europe effective 1 April 2024.

With a background spanning nearly 25 years in the logistics and supply chain industry and with a strong passion for exceptional customer service and a belief in the power of digitalisation, Sara Gerdner Kalle will lead the Commercial function for Svitzer Europe, focusing on nurturing long-term stakeholder relationships, spearheading commercial development, and driving growth initiatives.

“Sara will be pivotal in harnessing Svitzer’s commitment to digitalisation to help the business and its customers to move forwards to deliver safe, sustainable marine services,” Svitzer said in its announcement on Thursday.

As explained by Svitzer, Sara Gerdner Kalle, prior to joining Svitzer Europe, served as the head of the eCommerce Logistics team at Maersk APAC, where she led the development of innovative new solutions and navigated complex market landscapes.

“Her extensive experience includes leadership roles at Singapore Post, DB Schenker, and H&M, where she honed her expertise in fostering customer relationships and driving growth initiatives,” Svitzer noted.

Sara Gerdner Kalle pointed out: “The opportunity to join Svitzer as the CCO for Europe was incredibly appealing due to the company’s established reputation in maritime services, its commitment to safety and sustainability, and the chance to work with a diverse, talented team.

“The role presents a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic and innovative maritime organisation, offering market leading solutions tailored to individual customer needs.

“My experience in Singapore and Asia overall, in various fields within the supply chain both from the service provider-, customer-, and start-up perspective, has equipped me with a unique perspective on diverse markets and industry dynamics.

“I believe this will be invaluable in my role at Svitzer, where I look forward to driving growth and building resilient commercial relationships across Europe’s varied markets.

“I’m eager to foster a collaborative environment that not only meets our current objectives but also sets us up for future successes. It’s vital to build a strong foundation that encourages innovation and continuous improvement, for Svitzer and for our customers.”

Lise Demant, managing director at Svitzer, said that “It has been key for us to find a new CCO who shares our passion for excellent customer service and brings all the right capabilities to continue building our position in the European market. Svitzer Europe warmly welcomes Sara Kalle to its leadership team and looks forward to the innovative solutions and strategic guidance she will bring to the company.”