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Melanie Kreis    

CFO of Deutsche Post

Melanie Kreis, a physicist and member of DHL's board of managing directors, became CFO of Deutsche Post in 2016, the first woman to hold this position. She first joined the world's leading logistics company in 2004, serving in several financial leadership positions, including CFO of DHL Express.

Kreis is the only woman on the group’s six-person executive board and oversees half a million employees. In a fiercely competitive courier market, Deutsche Post DHL posted its highest operating revenue of all time in 2017 at $3.7 billion. As CFO, Kreis has been key in leading the investment agenda of the group and the company’s adoption of new accounting standards ahead of competition. In 2017, the group streamlined its portfolio and strengthened its focus on logistics, in part, by selling Williams Tea Lag, a provider of marketing and communications supply chain services. With fewer letters and more online-shopping packages being delivered, Deutsche Post is upgrading its technology. The company is experimenting with robots for mail deliveries and plans to test a fleet of self-driving electric delivery vehicles next year.

The company credits her with playing a key role in executing the sale of Deutsche Post's stake in Postbank, a German retail bank, to Deutsche Bank.

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