Thorsten Kern (50) has decided not to prolong his contract as Managing Director Germany of French Forwarding Agent Clasquin. Thorsten Voelker (45) who takes the position at the end of this month will be his successor.
Kern took over the chair of the German Clasquin Group in February 2016. His and his management team’s main task was to put the mid-sized French agent onto the German landscape, making Lyon-based
Clasquin known to the local market as an aspiring player offering their clients attractive business conditions for air, sea, road transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage and the storage of
goods on five continents.
So far, the ambitious task.
Lack of support by Clasquin’s HQ
However, the executives in the French headquarters grossly underestimated the dynamic of the German market, where multinationals like Schenker, DHL Global Forwarding, K&N, together with many mid-sized agents dominate the market. So any newcomer needs a great deal of stamina to get a foot into the door and grow its business successfully.
In Clasquin’s particular case, the decision makers in the company’s headquarters have obviously underrated the efforts it needs to capture successively a growing slice of the market. People close to the case told CargoForwarder Global that Clasquin’s headquarters poorly supported their German branch, expecting the local staff to run the show by themselves with their own abilities to penetrate the market.
Ensuring smooth transit of duties
Confronted with these omissions, confirmed by insiders to CargoForwarder Global, with the hands over their mouths, Thorsten Kern refrained from commenting. All he said is that he will take all active steps needed to ensure the smooth transition of duties, supporting the company as well as his successor in any suitable manner.
Prior to his Clasquin engagement, Thorsten spent 17 years with forwarding agent JAS Worldwide. As their MD he was responsible for the successful development and expansion of the German national organization. When asked about his carreer plans, he so far remains vague.
Kern will be succeeded by Thorsten Voelker, a true logistics veteran, who has been responsible for Clasquin’s Dusseldorf station. Before joining Clasquin, Voelker held various functions in global logistics companies for as long as 28 years of which he spent 13 years in various management positions. Prior to his Clasquin engagement he acted as COO of Damco Germany.