Tobias Bartz takes over as new CEO & Chairman of Rhenus Group

Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

HOLZWICKEDE, Germany—The Supervisory Board of Rhenus SE & Co. KG has named Tobias Bartz as the new CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Rhenus Group effective 01 April 2022.

The 57-year-old Klemens Rethmann who has stepped down from his post as Rhenus CEO since 2008 will focus on his tasks on the Executive Board of the Group. “Tobias and I have worked very closely and successfully together since my early days in the Rhenus Group. In all these years, we’ve achieved a great deal together with all the members of the Rhenus family. We respect and trust each other and I’m therefore proud to be able to name him as my successor,” he said.

Dr. Marco Schröter, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rhenus SE & Co. KG, said Bartz was their top choice to continue the positive developments that Rethmann has initiated during his tenure as the Group’s CEO.

“We’re settling the issue of succession at an early stage in order to continue the positive developments at Rhenus. We have complete confidence that Tobias Bartz will achieve this. He has a wealth of international experience, first-class networks and is the best choice to lead Rhenus into a good future,” Dr.  Schröter said.

Bartz, 45, began his professional career as management trainee at Rhenus in 2005. With strong leadership skills and hard work, he quickly climbed up the corporate ladder. His notable achievements at Rhenus include leading the Rhenus Road Freight business in France and Spain and promoting the growth of the Air & Ocean Division from Singapore for three years, before returning to Germany in 2018.

“We will strongly focus on further growth as well as green and digital transformation for the Rhenus Group during the next few years too. We’ll continue to expand our global network during this time,” said Bartz.