Olaf Gelhausen was appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and joined APM Terminals Management Team on November 15, 2023.
In this role he is responsible for all COO-functions, including Global Operations, Asset Management, Automation, Project Execution, Asset Design and Engineering, LEAN, Decarbonization, and Procurement.
Olaf joined APM Terminals from the automotive supplier Brose where, as Member of the Executive Board, he was responsible for the companywide transformation, including Organisational Development and Project Management, HR, LEAN and the Business Service Centres.
Prior to his tenure at Brose, he was COO of Thyssenkrupp Bilstein, in charge of Manufacturing Plants, Product and Process Development, Supply Chain and Quality Management, Operations, IT and HSSE. Under his leadership, a new digitisation and automation strategy was implemented, introducing machine learning applications, collaborative robots, big data analysis and additive manufacturing.
He has also served as General Manager for Hella in China and brings very relevant experience from Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain leadership roles with Infineon Technologies, having worked in the US, Singapore, and Germany.
Olaf is a German national, born and raised in Berlin. He has earned a PhD in physics from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia as well as master’s degrees both in Physics and Business in Germany.