Hans Günther Kersten, formerly UIC freight director, has been selected as deputy director general of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and has started his role from 1 June 2017.
Kersten has been designated to succeed FIATA’s director general and CEO Marco Leonardo Sorgetti this September, when he retires.
Hans Günther Kersten has studied Business Administration, Economics and Law at the University of Cologne, Germany. Besides German he speaks fluent English and French and has a good understanding of Spanish and Dutch. After obtaining his licence as a lawyer, Kersten started his career as an associate at Oppenhoff & Rädler (later merged with Linklaters).
For the last 18 years Hans Günther worked for Deutsche Bahn in various senior management positions, four and a half years of which seconded to the international railway association UIC in Paris, where he held the position of director of the freight department. In this capacity he had also had the opportunity to work together with FIATA, in its long standing cooperation with UIC, even before taking today’s central position in the association.
Marco Sorgetti welcomed the arrival of his deputy director saying Kersten will add another layer of accomplishments in the long list of extraordinary achievements of the association. “There will be so much to share between the two of us; I am delighted we shall have some time to ensure that the passing of the baton happens in the most efficient and professional manner. I am looking forward to this cooperation that has started on the best of terms”.