DHL Express appoints Hennie Heymans as Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Hennie Heymans, incoming Managing Director, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa

Hennie Heymans, currently Managing Director of DHL Express South Africa, has been appointed Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, effective October 1st 2015.
Heymans will oversee 51 countries and territories, over 3,500 employees, 250 facilities, five regional hubs and 14 dedicated DHL aircraft.
Heymans will succeed Charles Brewer, the former Managing Director of DHL Express. Brewer is now leading the build-out of an Africa-wide online marketplace, as part of Ashish Thakkar‘s Mara Group.
Heymans’ knowledge of operating in demanding markets, strong leadership skills, as well as his solid network across the African region makes him the natural choice for leading the regional operations of DHL Express.
Hennie Heymans, a South African national, joined DHL Express in 2001 as Head of Direct Business, supervising telesales, agents and retail in Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Managing Director for Central Africa. Heymans was then appointed Managing Director for Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands (CENIO). In January 2013, Heymans was appointed Managing Director for South Africa.
Ken Allen, Global CEO of DHL Express, stated that under Heymans’ leadership, the company has seen major development in both the regional and South African businesses.
“Hennie has consistently delivered on some tough targets despite the sometimes uneasy economic climate. He has also played an integral role in driving leadership and motivating our people to ensure DHL remains the logistics provider of choice. We are confident that he will continue to grow our market share and now bring his particular brand of respectful leadership and results-driven approach to an even bigger challenge,” said Ken Allen.
DHL is looking to significantly grow its share of revenues generated from emerging markets, and the company aims for Sub-Saharan Africa to play a vital part in this growth plan.
Heymans said: “DHL Express will continue to invest in its people and network in Africa. Having entered the African market 37 years ago, we have witnessed the turnaround … to ‘Africa Rising’ and we now wish to be part of the next phase – ‘Africa Thriving’”.