Martin Kolbe

Martin Kolbe

CIO of Kuehne + Nagel,


36.7bn CHF




Martin Kolbe is the CIO of Swiss-based global transport and logistics company Kuehne+Nagel, a post he has held since 2005 and where he has developed the organisation into a leader in software engineering and data-driven logistics and supply chain management.

Kolbe has created a unique and highly differentiated intellectual property in the logistics industry by combining in-house software development capabilities with a deep understanding of logistics processes. He has also established a uniform global operating platform (SALOG) and built a unique infrastructure for processing and distributing trade data in order to offer digital solutions based on various real-time data, such as seaexplorer.

Kuehne+Nagel has around 40k IT clients and has set up IT centres in Hamburg, Tallinn and Porto.

Kolbe's headshot courtesy of Kuehne+Nagel.

  • 2005 – present: CIO and Member of the Management Board at Kuehne+Nagel International AG
  • 2002 – 2005: CIO of DHL Germany
  • 2000 – 2002: Head of International Systems at Dresdner Bank AG
  • 1996 – 2000: R&D Manager Germany at ADP ES Germany
  • 1989 – 1996: Head of Professional Services at Software AG

Martin Kolbe graduated as a computer scientist.

Kolbe is continuously pushing the boundaries of vertical IT integration, both in the software development and infrastructure aspects. Some of his recent IT projects include:

  • Upgraded customer and supplier master data maintenance programme.
  • Increased use of multi-cloud technology.
  • Further development of the system architecture.