Rhenus Americas appoints Chris Matthews as Chief Executive Officer for Canada

Press release

The Rhenus Group, a leading global logistics provider, announced the appointment of Chris Matthews as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rhenus Canada, effective immediately on July 1, 2021. He will succeed Jeff Cullen, CEO and founder of Rodair, which the Rhenus Group acquired in 2019.

“With a proven track record of significant leadership and managing operations, the board and I look forward to working closely with Chris Matthews as a pillar of success for Canada,” said Jörn Schmersahl, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean Americas. “We are delighted to have him lead the continued growth of the Canadian market and advance the long-term value of the company. I’m convinced that Rhenus Canada will reach new achievements under his strong leadership. At the same time, I would like to thank Jeff Cullen for his commitment and positioning Canada for sustainable growth.”

Chris Matthews has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the logistics industry and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Rhenus Canada. In his new role, he will oversee the Canadian Air & Ocean and National Warehouse Distribution product.

Commenting on his appointment, Chris Matthews said, “I’m very grateful to the senior leadership and the board at Rhenus for entrusting me with this role and taking over this responsibility. I look forward to keeping Canada as successful as it has been for the last 25 years and ensure growth internally and externally within our vast global network.”

As one of Canada's premier warehouse and distributing partners for fashion, retail, and luxury brands, Chris Matthews stated that he looks forward to a safe and controlled return to in-store retail across Canada following his new role as CEO. This has been a long-standing, important vertical segment in Rhenus Canada's business model. The company is looking forward to supporting all its retail partners as Canada re-launches bricks and mortar retail post-pandemic.

Rhenus Canada is a proud and focused partner to the Americas Tender Management Team. Global Tender Management and Global Product will be critical contributors to Canada's Ocean product growth goals in 2022/23 and overall Vision 2025 success.  

“As I step down from my position, I am proud and honored that Chris Matthews is taking over this role; he is a splendid example of leadership during this period of transformation and progress. This proves that within the Rhenus network, there is an opportunity for everyone to grow and expand professionally,” said Jeff Cullen, CEO of Rhenus Canada.

Rhenus Canada provides logistics solutions via air, road, ocean, and rail for e-commerce, fashion, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical, mining, and more. The service portfolio also includes warehouse fufillment and distribution, customs clearance, and project logistics.

About Rhenus
The Rhenus Group is one of the leading logistics specialists with global business operations and annual turnover amounting to EUR 5.4 billion. 33,500 employees work at 820 business sites and develop innovative solutions along the complete supply chain. Whether providing transport, warehousing, customs clearance or value-added services, the family business pools its operations in various business units where the needs of customers are the major focus at all times.

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