Tim Scharwath has taken over as chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

The appointment was announced in May last year and Scharwath takes over from Frank Appel, the Deutsche Post DHL chief, who has managed the business in the interim.

Appel said: “The extensive work of restructuring and improving processes in the division is already paying off, as our results have shown. As a real expert in the freight forwarding world, I am certain that Tim is prepared for his new responsibilities and is the right choice to realise the ambitious goals we have for the DHL Global Forwarding, Freight division.Scharwath, previously headed the air freight business at Kuehne + Nagel, is tasked with pushing ahead with turnaround plan to drive profits at DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.