Dominique von Orelli

DHL Global Forwarding

Executive Vice President and Global Head of Ocean Freight

Career development

1984 – 1996 Various operational and supervisory positions in Air- and Ocean

Freight, DHL Global Forwarding, Switzerland, Australia and


1996 Branch Manager, DHL Global Forwarding, Geneva, Switzerland

2003 District Manager, DHL Global Forwarding, Charlotte NC, USA

2009 SVP, Head Ocean Freight Europe, DHL Global Forwarding

2012 SVP, Head Ocean Freight EMEA, DHL Global Forwarding

2015 SVP, Global Head of FCL Trade Management, DHL Global


2017 EVP, Global Head of Ocean Freight, DHL Global Forwarding


Dominique von Orelli is heading the Global Ocean Freight Organization & FCL product for DHL Global Forwarding (DGF), reporting to the CEO of DGF. He spent the last + 35 years in various positions at DGF and worked in several countries on various continents. He is responsible for the definition and execution of the global Ocean Freight strategy and for the global Ocean Freight P & L at DGF. In addition, he develops and maintains relationships with key customers as well as partner ocean carriers. Operational quality is also part of Dominique’s responsibility. He is leading the Full Container Load (FCL) product in a double role and steers the carrier management and carrier procurement for DGF.

Sessions With Dominique von Orelli

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 01:35pm - 02:05pm (EST) / 02/mar/2021 06:35 pm - 02/mar/2021 07:05 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships

    What lessons have shippers and their forwarders learned from a chaotic 2020? Spot rates soared to record levels on many trade lanes as an unexpectedly strong rebound in demand caught the industry by surprise. Equipment shortages out of Asia quickly became critical, with carriers often seeking premium surcharges to secure capacity or equipment on top of contract or FAK rates. Aggressive repositioning of empties left backhaul shippers without containers, and port congestion lengthened ship delays. While carriers say the poor service levels are largely out of their control and have called for understanding from customers, there is deepening frustration among cargo owners at what they see as carrier opportunism. It is a tense environment as annual contract negotiations loom on the trans-Pacific. But what can Asia-North America shippers preparing for those contract talks learn from Asia-Europe shippers who have mostly completed their negotiations? How will the shipper-forwarder-carrier relationship play out over the next year, and what will the industry do differently going forward? Join Dominique von Orelli, executive vice president and global head of ocean freight at DHL Global Forwarding, for a frank appraisal of the issues facing the container supply chain.