Hans is the founder and CEO of Ellipsis Advisors, LLC, providing C-Level advisory services and executive coaching. In the last 12 years, he has served as CEO on three multinational corporations.
Hans brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the transportation, express, and logistics industry, having started his career in the ocean transportation business. Prior to starting his own business, Hans was Chief Executive of Asia Pacific for Agility Logistics, where his responsibilities spanned more than 20 countries, over 7,000 employees, and where he served on Agility Logistics’ Global Management Board. He also served as DHL’s CEO for Global Customer Solutions, leading development and sales across major verticals of customer solutions across the DHL Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution, and Forwarding and Express Business Units. Prior to that role, Hans was CEO of DHL Express USA, CEO of APL Logistics, and served on the Global boards of both organizations.
Hans studied at Brown University in the United States. He has lived and worked in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He is known for his leadership skills in building effective cross-cultural teams and for achieving significant growth and profitability.
Hans is a recognized leader in the Logistics and Transportation industries, has sat on various industry Boards, and led his organizations to numerous industry awards and recognitions. In 2009, Hans received the prestigious Executive of the Year Award by the Strategic Account Management Association.
He is actively involved in the field of social entrepreneurship. In his work with Ashoka, Hans supports and advises social entrepreneurs worldwide and is also involved in significant work being done to promote understanding of the importance of empathy in business. He leverages that experience to give his clients perspectives on embedding concepts of social profit and shared value into their business planning. It also allows him to provide guidance and coaching on the important element of work/family balance. Mr. Hickler is a member of YPO and the Ashoka Support Network. In addition to his blog, Hans has published 50 Words and is releasing his second book, Our Stories Matter, in the summer of 2014 – both books address raising self awareness of values and empathy.