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DHL names Lau Tian Chen as new head of APAC innovation center

Singapore – DHL, a logistics provider, has announced the appointment of Lau Tian Chen as the new head of its Asia Pacific innovation center (APIC) in Singapore. Asia Pacific Innovation Center (APIC) is a collaborative platform for customers, partners, and other innovative thinkers to showcase the latest advancements in logistics-related technology. APIC is one of four DHL innovation centers worldwide.

Chen has established himself as a skilled and flexible leader in DHL’s numerous business units over the course of the last two decades. Before joining DHL Global Forwarding in 2006, Chen worked for DHL Express Malaysia, where he was named head of commercial in 2008. He was SEA’s vice president of business development before joining fast-growing Enterprise in 2010. Later, he was in charge of the Iskandar global center of excellence in Singapore.

On his appointment Chen said, “It is an exciting time to deep dive into emerging logistics trends and engage industry partners to advance innovation in the region. We aim to simply tech buzz words like loT, digital twin, big data, and blockchain and utilize it to develop commercially viable solutions that can help businesses solve real problems and to impact lives of their customers.”

“What drives me at work every day is the talented team at APIC and the possibilities they bring to solve problems of today and the future with technology. I look forward to further deepening collaboration with my colleagues across the DHL family, and forming stronger bonds with innovation partners in the public and private sectors,” Chen adds.

Matthias Heutger, global head of innovation and commercial development at DHL, shared that the world is moving at an unprecedented rate of digital transformation, with Asia Pacific at its forefront. By 2023, IDC predicts that one in three companies in Asia Pacific will generate more than 30% of their revenues from digital products and services.”

Heutger emphasised, “Digitalization is key to the future success of businesses. We strive to propagate new technological solutions through our innovation centers and collaborate with customers, partners and thought leaders to solve complex logistics challenges and create long-term value for businesses. I believe Tian Chen’s experience, commercial focus and his devotion to mentoring colleagues will be invaluable to the APIC team.”