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DHL Supply Chain appoints industry veteran to lead automotive business in Thailand

DHL Supply Chain, the global market leader for contract logistics solutions, has appointed logistics veteran, Toshihiro Koyama to take on the role of Senior Director, Automotive for DHL Supply Chain Thailand, effective September 1st, 2019.

In this role, Koyama will oversee and drive the growth and expansion of DHL Supply Chain’s automotive business in Thailand, with a particular focus on delivering highly-customized contract logistics solutions. With close to 30 years of experience in this field, he has also honed his expertise in several large markets including the United States, China and Philippines. His familiarity with the culture of Thailand is a result of spending the past 15 years building up an extensive network within the automotive industry, particularly with Japanese automakers who have built a dominant position and presence in the market.

“It is important that we invest in the right resources and expertise to ensure that we can support our customers’ evolving logistics needs in the automotive industry. I am convinced that Koyama’s expertise and experience will be instrumental as we ramp up momentum in this growing sector. Our customers can continue to count on us to provide the most innovative solutions to meet their supply chain needs,” said Kevin Burrell, CEO DHL Supply Chain, Thailand Cluster (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar).

In recent years, Thailand has emerged as one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world, and the largest in Southeast Asia – contributing to about 12 per cent of the country’s economic growth and employing more than half a million people. With the impending completion of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) by 2021, the government has committed to transform Thailand into a more integral hub for manufacturing, with a particular focus on incentivizing companies to develop a comprehensive and robust electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.

“DHL Supply Chain’s global network and local expertise will bode especially well at a time when the automotive sector has been identified as one of the key growth engines of the Thai economy.  I am honored to be given the reins to steer our capabilities toward greater customization as automakers look to further invest in their manufacturing and assembly hubs, and am eager to collaborate with our team and customers to bring our automotive business to the next level,” said Toshihiro Koyama, Senior Director, Automotive for DHL Supply Chain Thailand.

An expert in logistics transportation, Koyama started out his career with a Japanese transportation service company, where he spent more than a decade working across different teams globally. Prior to joining DHL Supply Chain, Koyama was based in Thailand with another global logistics company, spearheading its automotive national and cross-border trucking services.

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