DHL appoints Zane Morton as managing director in New Zealand, Fiji


As the business in DHL Global Forwarding New Zealand and Fiji continue on its growth trajectory, the freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group officially has appointed Zane Morton as managing director for these two countries in the South Pacific from today.

Having built an illustrious career with the company spanning almost four decades, Morton will lead the operations in New Zealand and oversee the growth of the business in Fiji, managed by country manager Ray Viegas, who will report to him. 

“Across his many different roles and responsibilities, Zane has proven himself to be a respected leader, who is customer-oriented in his outlook and finely attuned to developments in the logistics and freight forwarding industry. We are confident he will help our businesses in New Zealand and Fiji reach greater heights amidst the current challenging microenvironment and augment existing synergies between our operations in New Zealand and Fiji,” said Charles Kaufmann, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding North Asia South Pacific.  

New Zealand’s exports grew 58.6 per cent in the last decade between 2009 and 2019. DHL Global Forwarding is optimistic about the growth potential in the market and considers perishables, life sciences and healthcare, amongst others, as promising areas that the company would further develop. 

Reporting to Kaufmann in this new role, Morton said, “I’m acutely aware that I’m taking on the role at a very interesting time. In the short term, the industry will face a massive undertaking of delivering an unprecedented volume of more than 10 billion doses of vaccines worldwide; at the same time, DHL Global Forwarding is undergoing a digital transformation with the rollout of myDHLi in accordance to the Group’s Strategy 2025 to futureproof the organization and improve operational excellence in the long term. I am excited to lead the teams in New Zealand and Fiji to take on these  challenges and leverage the opportunities to bring the business to greater heights.”  

Morton first joined DHL in New Zealand in 1983 and held various positions during his career, including operations management, country sales and marketing manager, country ocean freight manager and Wellington branch manager.

In 2006, he relocated to Dubai where he was the regional marketing and sales manager for DHL Middle East and Africa for DHL Global Forwarding. He returned to New Zealand  in 2011 and was appointed head of ocean freight in 2012, and subsequently named head of sales in  2015. 

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