• TPM25
  • March 2-5, 2025 | Long Beach Convention Center

Kai Timmermann


Chief Operating Officer

Kai Timmermann, Chief Operating Officer at Prompt, is a thirty-year veteran in supply chain with a track record of creating high performance organizations.

Over the past twenty years, Kai has served as COO | CIO roles in several 3PLs, including The Gilbert Company (acquired by NFI) and Toll Global Forwarding. He started his career at P&O Nedlloyd before providing strategy consulting for a range of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals.

Kai is considered by colleagues and customers as both a strategic thought leader and an effective operator, applying a practical eye towards technology trends, achieving operational excellence, understanding market changes, and focusing on what’s essential.

He’s the author of two books, including “Deliberate Performance,” focusing on the attributes and drivers of business performance.

Kai holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Economics and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.  

Sessions With Kai Timmermann

Monday, 4 March

  • 04:10pm - 04:45pm (PST) / 05/mar/2024 12:10 am - 05/mar/2024 12:45 am

    TPMTech: Has Technology Evolved Enough to Motivate Shippers to Start Making Their Own Ocean Bookings?

    The act of booking space on a container ship is a seemingly mundane and low-value-added process for a shipper, hence why that has traditionally been handed off to logistics service provider partners. But the technology market has developed to such an extent that handling bookings isn’t, in theory, the cumbersome process it has been in the past. So, the question of whether shippers might want to handle that specific process internally is an interesting development on its own, but also a window into whether they might want to handle even more processes internally in the future. If software makes ocean freight booking relatively easy to handle, and shippers want control of that process, what does that mean for the future of what forwarders do for shippers? And how will that impact what technology shippers and forwarders buy in the years ahead. This session will explore ocean bookings as a prism for a landscape that is potentially shifting.