Den Hartogh is one of the world’s leading Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) when it comes to the safe and reliable transport of bulk liquids and gasses for the Chemical Industry. Den Hartogh is a family-owned organization that was established in 1920 in the Netherlands. Safety and operational excellence are embedded in the culture. Their smart logistics solutions are formed through chemistry – by working and collaborating with our customers, resulting in the right fit for every type of transport In other words: progress and development through chemistry.

Den Hartogh has a presence in every region of the world, with premises in 24 countries with 43 locations/offices. Its workforce consists of more than 1,600 people and their equipment includes more than 19,000 tank containers, 7,000 dry bulk containers, 400 tank trailers and more than 500 trucks.

Dr Joep Aerts is currently Member of the Board of Den Hartogh, and responsible for the Business Unit Liquid Logistics. Prior to his career at Den Hartogh, which now counts almost 11 years, he was an Operations Research consultant. He completed his PhD in Operations Research (Applied Mathematics) at Eindhoven University of Technology.

In his presentation, Dr Aerts (see his profile on LinkedIn) will outline his career, addressing questions such as why he chose to do a PhD, his subsequent career choices, and how gradually more and more people management has become his critical capability, while retaining the analytical drive and ambition to innovate.**

This session is aimed primarily at the PhD students at KLU, who are unsure about their further ambitions with regard to academia or industry, and those that yet do not have a good understanding of the logistics industry and their innovations. KLU Master students that are interested in a discussion on career development are more than welcome to attend.

Watch a video about Den Hartogh´s corporate culture here.

Soft drinks and snacks will be provided at the event.


23 October 2018, 5:30 pm
Closing date:
19 October 2018
Day trip
Faculty Lounge (4th floor)
Großer Grasbrook 17, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 328707131

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