From June 1, 2023, Sandro Fresu will head the branch office of a. hartrodt Germany in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt Airport as Branch Manager. The 41-year-old succeeds Bernwalt Simon (64), who is retiring. Sandro Fresu has been working for the family-owned company since August 2001, initially completing an apprenticeship as a freight forwarding specialist and then starting his career in the airfreight sector. Most recently, as Airfreight Manager for six years, he was responsible for exports, imports and the pricing department. As Branch Manager, he wants to "continue to run the office successfully" and in a service-oriented manner: "Customer satisfaction is an important issue."
Highly profitable and almost no fluctuation
For two decades, Bernwalt Simon headed the a. hartrodt site at the most important European airfreight hub. Before that, he was Export Manager and later Airfreight Manager at this location. He sums up positively: "We operate highly profitably and have almost no staff turnover because our employees feel comfortable." The highlight for the qualified freight forwarder was a 1,000-ton shipment that was transported to Taipei (Taiwan) by 23 airplanes. Sandro Fresu had long been his "dream candidate" as successor.
Airfreight exports, imports and courier services
Since the 1950s, a. hartrodt Germany has been managing its airfreight business directly at the Frankfurt hub, and since 1982 in its own building with 25 employees today. Three quarters of the volume consists of air cargo exports, one quarter of imports. In the airfreight courier service, a. hartrodt has access to the network of a leading express parcel service provider. "In the next five years, we want to grow by 20 percent at the site," Sandro Fresu states as his goal. By the end of 2023, he wants to "further expand sales," then "increase the team operationally". Within the next twelve months, he plans to relocate to a larger building.
The team of a. hartrodt Frankfurt also includes seven experts for sea freight export in Hamburg. There is a close connection to headquarters: "The Managing Partners have remained consistently human," Bernwalt Simon emphasizes as a decisive factor for employee loyalty.