Diana Schoeneich has been appointed CEO of Georgi Handling, strengthening the company’s management team. Prior to this, she was responsible for AirBridgeCargo’s European business. That assignment ended with the decision of western countries to sanction Russian airlines, closing EU and U.S. airspace to RU-registered carriers.
Georgi Transporte GmbH & Co. KG is one of the big names in European trucking. The family-run company operates 450+ vehicles and concentrates on providing road feeder services for airlines.
Its handling unit is one of the younger members of the Georgi Group of companies. Since the beginning of this month, it is Diana’s responsibility to lift the ground handling unit’s business
fields to the next level and widen the unit’s reach. This includes looking beyond the packing, sorting, and wrapping horizon, and expanding the portfolio of logistics services by tapping into new
An assignment done in close coordination with company owner, Juergen Georgi.
Customers increasingly request full-service packages
All factors for this are there. Georgi has not only been in the market since 1953, but also runs two warehouses at the Frankfurt and Leipzig airports. At Rhine-Main Airport, the freight terminal covers 20,000 m², while in Leipzig 5,000 m² can be used for the processing of cargo. Biggest client is integrator DHL Express. “From 31JAN23, we have secured access to a facility within LEJ’s fences, offering additional 15,000 m², thus equaling Frankfurt’s usage situation,” she announces.
From her former management roles at Fraport Cargo Services and competitor LUG, followed by her assignment at ABC, she knows that many forwarders and cargo carriers desire a comprehensive service package from their ground service and road feeder providers. “We will work on this,” she promises, so “ask me again in six months.”
Giving the Georgi Group a new structure
She describes another core task she intends to shoulder: “The growth strategy automatically results in new requirements for the Group's corporate structure. Concepts for this are to be presented in the coming months,” Diana indicates.
This had never been an issue until now. “As soon as Georgi launched a new service, customers snatched it out of their hands,” she says. While this was extremely rewarding up to now, drawing up a roadmap for further strategic developments and interconnect different separate activities is even more fruitful in the long run, she holds.
A thought that is strongly supported by company owner, Juergen Georgi: “Diana joined us at the right time with her broad range of knowledge and her network in the areas of airports, air cargo handling, and aviation. She will make a significant contribution to the further development of the group as part of our expansion strategy. Diana will enhance and enlarge the company's presence specifically in the handling segment in the German and European markets by establishing the brand and the services of Georgi Handling supra-regionally at locations that are strategically important for us, to offer the market and international customers an alternative to the heavily utilized air cargo warehouses and handling services."
“ABC was a very positive experience!”
Looking back, she emphasizes that she learned a lot during her former role as leading ABC executive, where she was Senior Director European Region for 4.5 years. The working atmosphere there was very pleasant, she recalls. However, after Russian troops invaded Ukraine and sanctions followed, the company, banned from EU and U.S. air space, was no longer able to generate sales in Europe. The sanctions regime is so strict that former customers were unwilling to even talk to ABC representatives for compliance reasons, she recalls. "My worst experience was having to fire my own employees. Not for lack of performance, but because they are victims of a political and military development for which they are not responsible.”
Now, a new phase in her career has begun and Diana is looking forward to working with the Georgi team. “I am proud to support the development process of the company with my expertise. Exciting projects and tasks are waiting to be initiated,” Ms. Schoeneich concludes.
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