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

Rolf Habben Jansen



Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.

He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd. He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG.

From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.

Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014.

Alongside his native language, Rolf Habben Jansen speaks German and English fluently.

Sessions With Rolf Habben Jansen

Monday, 4 March

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (PST) / 04/mar/2024 07:30 pm - 04/mar/2024 08:15 pm

    TPM24 CEO Series: A Conversation with Hapag-Lloyd's Rolf Habben Jansen

    At TPM24 we are delighted to present a one-on-one conversation with Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen. As head of the 5th largest container line and co-chair of the World Shipping Council, Rolf will comment on a wide range of topics relevant to the 2024 market including supply, demand, capacity management, service quality, Panama Canal restrictions, geopolitics including attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, decarbonization and technology. In recent public appearances he has been outspoken about the negative impact of Panama Canal navigational restrictions and what he perceives to be a disconnect between depressed freight rates and ships sailing mostly full. “Market utilization is high as reported by most carriers, which means the ships are full,” he told a webinar in early December. “There are also reports out there of boxes being rolled. Most of the talk was about a big gap between supply and demand, but I don’t see that,” he added. Present at COP28 in December, he was part of a group of carrier CEOs calling for a global carbon tax to neutralize the cost differential between zero carbon fuels and traditional bunkers, as well as other policy recommendations, a topic we will cover given the critical two-year rulemaking now commencing at the International Maritime Organization.