Peter Bau­mann reti­res

Peter Bau­mann is going to reti­re at the end of April 2020. We had three ques­ti­ons for his friends, col­leagues, and com­pa­n­ions:

  1. On what occa­si­on did you meet Peter Bau­mann?
  2. Which moment with Peter Bau­mann sticks out in your memo­ry?
  3. Which cha­rac­ter trait/skill best descri­bes Peter Bau­mann?

Rea­ding the replies will give you a rough idea of what Peter Bau­mann has done for 24plus!

 

Prof. Dr. Micha­el Huth, Ful­da Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces

Prof. Dr. Micha­el Huth, Ful­da Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces

First encoun­ter: At the aut­hors’ meet-up of the For­war­ding and Logistics Asso­cia­ti­on Hes­se/R­hi­ne­land-Pala­ti­na­te (SLV) in 2008.

Memo­ry: The occa­sio­nal pho­tos in his Whats­app sta­tus, which were at once unor­tho­dox, cool, and ele­gant.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His posi­ti­ve can­dour and strai­ght­for­ward atti­tu­de.

 

 

 

 

Hans Pöll­mann, Wild & Pöll­mann PR

Hans Pöll­mann, Wild & Pöll­mann PR

First encoun­ter: The­re was a major mee­ting con­cer­ning media rela­ti­ons in 1998, the ent­i­re advi­so­ry board was pre­sent. My busi­ness part­ner at the time was respon­si­ble for the 24plusPunkte. I had just come on board from Ber­tels­mann, whe­re I had done media work for Deut­sche Post. I still remem­ber the board being scep­ti­cal about whe­ther 24plus should do acti­ve media work, and that I had a bad cold. I had taken her­bal medi­ci­ne and my part­ner scold­ed me in the mee­ting for ree­king of alco­hol. We got the job any­way.

Memo­ry: Every memo­ry with Peter Bau­mann is spe­cial. I was abso­lute­ly stun­ned when he, in 2010, sug­gested that we speak on a first-name basis.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Con­ven­ti­on or fever pitch, part­ners’ mee­ting, asso­cia­ti­on mee­ting or press inter­view – Peter Bau­mann is able to adjust to others in a mat­ter of seconds.

Cor­ne­lia Nie­ves, assi­stant to the manage­ment, 24plus

Cor­ne­lia Nie­ves, assi­stant to the manage­ment, 24plus

First encoun­ter: During my recruit­ment, short­ly befo­re Pen­te­cost 2009.

Memo­ry: When my daugh­ter had an acci­dent, he wro­te to me that I could stay at home until ever­ything was taken care of and she and I felt bet­ter again. He not only wro­te it, he meant it: I was not con­ta­c­ted, and the fever pitch that I had orga­nis­ed on my own took place des­pi­te the fact that I left in the midd­le of the plan­ning sta­ges. He com­ple­te­ly had my back.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His trust. We at 24plus all have many liber­ties and can work self-deter­mi­ned­ly; we are super­vi­sed, but not sur­veil­led. He always trus­ted us to work respon­si­b­ly. He also exer­ci­ses this trust towards part­ners and ser­vice pro­vi­ders. By the by: Peter Bau­mann is not a morning per­son!

Stef­fen Ren­ner, Elvis, for­mer QM audi­tor and mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus hub logistics

Stef­fen Ren­ner, Elvis, for­mer QM audi­tor and mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus hub logistics

First encoun­ter: My first mee­ting with him was my job inter­view. And that also hap­pens to be the first anec­do­te: After I cal­led to say that I would be not be able to make it befo­re 06.00 PM, Mrs Jor­dan told me that this wouldn’t be a pro­blem, sin­ce the boss was always at the office until 02.00 AM any­way. And that’s how it was. He lived and loved 24plus to the point whe­re he for­got the time. By the way, I initi­al­ly didn’t get the job. I was second choice and was only taken on becau­se the desi­red can­di­da­te decli­ned the offer. Nevertheless, I made my way at 24plus.

Memo­ry: The long night at our favou­rite Ita­li­an restau­rant, when I was sup­po­sed to beco­me mana­ging direc­tor of hub logistics and we dis­cus­sed respon­si­bi­li­ties. Peter Bau­mann always cal­led the hub his baby, now I was to assu­me key respon­si­bi­li­ties. The­re can’t be two bos­ses – how was I sup­po­sed to tell him to let go of the hub? I exp­lai­ned it with the image of a sym­pho­nic orches­tra: The hub is the orches­tra and has one con­duc­tor, and that’s me. Peter Baumann’s face tur­ned to stone, and he asked: “Which role do I play in the orches­tra?” My ans­wer: “Artis­tic direc­tor. You deci­de what we’re play­ing, and I deci­de how we’re play­ing it.” And it worked, right from the begin­ning.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: He is not res­ent­ful at all. The­re were qui­te a few blowups, but that was it. He is always approach­a­ble in the case of pro­blems. And his per­sua­si­ve­ness. He was always able to moti­va­te me when I had no ener­gy left. I high­ly appre­cia­te that.

Kees Kui­j­ken, KLG Euro­pe und long term mem­ber of the super­vi­so­ry board

Kees Kui­j­ken, KLG Euro­pe und long term mem­ber of the super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: That was when KLG Euro­pe – then ope­ra­ting under the legal name VTE – was offe­red a mem­bers­hip at 24plus. I remem­ber that Peter Bau­mann had made a strong impres­si­on with his struc­tu­red approach. Back then, we were also tal­king to other Ger­man net­works; we only joi­ned 24plus becau­se of Peter.

Memo­ry: Asi­de from our first mee­ting, Peter often won me over with his abi­li­ty to steer part­ner mee­tings into the right direc­tion. His argu­ments are fact-based, stra­te­gic, and pre­sen­ted in a friend­ly man­ner. His maxim is: ever­ything for 24plus. He never pur­sued his own agen­da. That’s what my trust in Peter Bau­mann and my respect for him are based upon.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Peter is honest and a strong stra­te­gist, who thinks in terms of struc­tures and pro­ces­ses. This, his fami­lia­ri­ty with the mar­ket, and his abi­li­ty to per­sua­de peop­le made him the per­fect lea­der for the coope­ra­ti­on.

Mar­tin Lembke, Fer­di­nand Hein­rich Logis­tik GmbH

First encoun­ter: Peter and I met in the ear­ly nine­ties, mea­ning befo­re 24plus, in the frame of in-house stu­dies at our for­mer employ­er.

Memo­ry: The warm­th of our gree­ting when we met again several years later in Ham­burg at the com­pa­ny I had only recent­ly been employ­ed by.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: In addi­ti­on to his pro­fes­sio­nal skills, Peter is a gre­at enter­tai­ner. I had alrea­dy rea­li­sed this when we were stu­dy­ing tog­e­ther, and in this area he usual­ly set a pret­ty high bar for ever­yo­ne else.

Olaf Bienek, Kun­zen­dorf Spe­di­ti­on Ber­lin, long time spo­kes­man of the 24plus super­vi­so­ry board

Olaf Bienek, Kun­zen­dorf Spe­di­ti­on Ber­lin, long time spo­kes­man of the 24plus super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: At the part­ners‘ mee­ting in 1998 whe­re Peter Bau­mann was pre­sent as a guest. We spon­ta­ne­ous­ly exch­an­ged ide­as about the stra­te­gic deve­lo­p­men­tal oppor­tu­nities of a young, medi­um-sized Euro­pean LCL coope­ra­ti­on. At the time, the actu­al imple­men­ta­ti­on of a self-owned hub was only a dream of the future.

Memo­ry: We were loo­king for a new part­ner for 24plus in Schles­wig-Hol­stein, dro­ve through the hin­ter­land all day and had one mee­ting after ano­t­her. When we arri­ved at the hotel in the evening, we wan­ted to talk a bit about 24plus in gene­ral. After a litt­le while the hotel ser­vice said good night and told us that we could stay a while if we wan­ted. When the ear­ly shift began the next morning, we were still sit­ting the­re dis­cus­sing 24plus’ stra­te­gies for the future.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His rich­ness of ide­as and his crea­ti­vi­ty.

Olaf Hor­vat, LGI

Olaf Hor­vat, LGI

First encoun­ter: At my first tour of the hub over 20 years ago.

Memo­ry: When we spent a gre­at time tog­e­ther at the Mer­kers Adven­ture Mines. The group was small, which meant that we had the time for a good con­ver­sa­ti­on.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Mr Bau­mann had gre­at nego­tia­ting skills with which he was able to impact and fur­ther deve­lop pro­jects and pull logistics col­leagues over to his side..

 

 

Ralf Wie­land, head of manage­ment at Emons and a long, long time ago the mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus who pre­ce­ded Peter Bau­mann

Ralf Wie­land, head of manage­ment at Emons and a long, long time ago the mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus who pre­ce­ded Peter Bau­mann

First encoun­ter: I first met Peter Bau­mann when he joi­ned 24plus in 1998.

Memo­ry: Many years later I met him as a par­ti­ci­pant on behalf of Emons at the 24plus part­ners’ mee­ting and was impres­sed by the cla­ri­ty and rigo­ur with which he mana­ged and direc­ted the­se dif­fi­cult events.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: I espe­cial­ly value Peter Baumann’s relia­bi­li­ty as well as his sen­se of humour.

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Ste­fan Reh­met, 24plus mana­ging direc­tor and suc­ces­sor to Peter Bau­mann

Ste­fan Reh­met, 24plus mana­ging direc­tor and suc­ces­sor to Peter Bau­mann

First encoun­ter: Our first mee­ting took place during the job inter­view in Hauneck. That was tog­e­ther with the super­vi­so­ry board in Octo­ber 2018.

Memo­ry: The acco­la­de for Mr Bau­mann at the 24plus Christ­mas par­ty.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Mr Bau­mann has a detail­ed ans­wer to every ques­ti­on.

 

Rüdi­ger Lode, Spe­di­ti­on Lode

Rüdi­ger Lode, Spe­di­ti­on Lode

First encoun­ter: In the frame of the acti­vi­ties in the work groups pro­duc­tion and IT.

Memo­ry: The long nights of the work group pro­duc­tion at the old hub in Eichen­zell in order to deter­mi­ne the pro­ces­ses the­re. It was cold, dark, and pro­bab­ly a litt­le dan­ge­rous bet­ween the lor­ries and for­klifts. This hel­ped us enor­mous­ly in set­ting the pro­ces­ses for the new hub in Hauneck so that it was able to start ope­ra­ti­ons without a hitch.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: We were both very open with each other and never res­ent­ful when we dis­agreed. Peter Bau­mann always loo­ked for balan­ced solu­ti­ons and attemp­ted to inte­gra­te all sys­tem part­ners into important decisi­ons. He con­sist­ent­ly and unwa­verin­gly stood by his con­vic­tions.

Micha­el G. König, reti­red mana­ging direc­tor of August L. König GmbH and foun­ding mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus

Micha­el G. König, reti­red mana­ging direc­tor of August L. König GmbH and foun­ding mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus

First encoun­ter: I hired Peter Bau­mann tog­e­ther with Jörn Lembke. In 1996, I was foun­ding part­ner and foun­ding mana­ging direc­tor of 24plus. Then came Ralf Wie­land, today head of Emons, as mana­ging direc­tor – and when he left us, we were loo­king for a suc­ces­sor who was loca­ted in Hauneck, even though the head­quar­ters and the hub were only in the plan­ning sta­ges. Peter Bau­mann came from Schen­ker and had expe­ri­ence with net­wor­ked logistics. During the first two years, until Hauneck was put into ope­ra­ti­on, Peter Bau­mann was with me in Frank­furt. You could fit 24plus into a room and a half.

Memo­ry: Peter Bau­mann left a las­ting impres­si­on on me when we were plan­ning the faci­li­ty in Hauneck. Des­pi­te the fact that we had an archi­tect, Peter Bau­mann was cal­ling the shots. He had the plans all in his head. Later, we remai­ned in clo­se con­ta­ct whe­re all things real esta­te were con­cer­ned – me as mana­ging direc­tor of the pro­per­ty com­pa­ny that orde­red and paid for the buil­ding, he as mana­ging direc­tor of the ren­ter.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Peter Bau­mann is able to think and act in terms of net­wor­ked logistics. That made our coope­ra­ti­on plea­sant and fruit­ful. He could be reli­ed upon.

Jörn Lembke, reti­red branch office mana­ger of Ascherl Ham­burg and initia­tor of 24plus

Jörn Lembke, reti­red branch office mana­ger of Ascherl Ham­burg and initia­tor of 24plus

First encoun­ter: I first met Mr Bau­mann as an app­li­cant. As spo­kes­man of the part­ners‘ com­mit­tee, my part­ners and I were loo­king for a mana­ger who could suc­cess­ful­ly lead the coope­ra­ti­on into the future.

Memo­ry: During the inter­view I gar­ne­red the cer­tain­ty that this man was not loo­king for a job, but for a sophisti­ca­ted pro­fes­sio­nal chal­len­ge with broad­ly diver­si­fied design oppor­tu­nities.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: In my opi­ni­on, Peter Bau­mann solid­ly com­bi­nes the will to suc­cess with asser­ti­ve­ness.

 

 

Lud­ger Rum­ker, head of qua­li­ty manage­ment, 24plus

Lud­ger Rum­ker, head of qua­li­ty manage­ment, 24plus

First encoun­ter: During my job inter­view at 24plus at the end of the last cen­tu­ry (mill­en­ni­um) in the then brand new faci­li­ty in Hauneck.

Memo­ry: His uncom­pli­ca­ted and generous reac­tion when I – pri­or to offi­cial rules and regu­la­ti­ons con­cer­ning paren­tal lea­ve for fathers – nee­ded (part-) time for my wife and new­born daugh­ter.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His wit and his abi­li­ty to be con­vin­cing in spon­ta­ne­ous con­ver­sa­ti­ons and dif­fi­cult situa­tions.

Det­lef Dör­rié, Addax Asse­ku­ranz-Con­sul­ting GmbH

Det­lef Dör­rié, Addax Asse­ku­ranz-Con­sul­ting GmbH

First encoun­ter: On the occa­si­on of the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of our insuran­ce con­cept for 24plus, which feels like it was twen­ty years ago.

Memo­ry: The good con­ver­sa­ti­ons at the trans­port exhi­bi­ti­on Munich as booth neigh­bours.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His very lika­ble and cap­ti­vat­ing per­so­na­li­ty.

 

 

 

 

Harald Preß­mann, mayor of the muni­ci­pa­li­ty of Hauneck

Harald Preß­mann, mayor of the muni­ci­pa­li­ty of Hauneck

First encoun­ter: When I visi­ted him at the loca­ti­on “Blaue Lie­de” after my elec­tion to mayor of Hauneck in the sum­mer of 2004.

Memo­ry: I set up an indus­try round table. Mr Bau­mann was immedia­te­ly on board and has always sup­por­ted this endea­vour up until today.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: He is friend­ly, com­pe­tent, strai­ght­for­ward, reli­able, and deter­mi­ned. I very much enjoy­ed working tog­e­ther with him.

 

 

 

 

Her­bert Weber, mana­ging direc­tor of Lager­max and mem­ber of the 24plus super­vi­so­ry board

Her­bert Weber, mana­ging direc­tor of Lager­max and mem­ber of the 24plus super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: That was around the turn of the mill­en­ni­um. Lager­max was loo­king for a sys­tem net­work in Ger­ma­ny. The­re was alrea­dy a loo­se coope­ra­ti­on with IDS part­ners in place when someo­ne cal­led Peter Bau­mann con­ta­c­ted us and reques­ted a per­so­nal con­ver­sa­ti­on. He was able to con­vin­ce us from the get-go – this man see­med to have a real visi­on. In the end, we joi­ned 24plus in the same year.

Memo­ry: A par­ti­cu­lar­ly impres­si­ve memo­ry took place around ten years ago. This con­cer­ned a tariff pro­blem we had with trans­ports to Hun­ga­ry and the Czech Repu­blic. Peter Bau­mann reco­gnis­ed the pro­blem. In the frame of a part­ners‘ mee­ting, we joint­ly had to pre­sent the issue, which was par­ti­al­ly met with gre­at resis­tance. He set things strai­ght with a very emo­tio­nal appearan­ce. The way he asser­ted hims­elf with the help of his acting skills was exem­pla­ry. On this day, he could con­ceiva­b­ly also have play­ed the part of the mur­de­rer in a who­d­u­nit.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Peter Bau­mann was an enthu­si­astic visio­na­ry who did not cling to old habits but rather dedi­ca­ted hims­elf to new tasks and deve­lo­p­ments in his enthu­si­astic way.

Vol­ker Dietz, Archi­tek­tur­bü­ro Dietz – archi­tect of the cen­tral hub

Vol­ker Dietz, Archi­tek­tur­bü­ro Dietz – archi­tect of the cen­tral hub

First encoun­ter: That was towards the end of the 90s in the old for­war­ding faci­li­ty König in Frankfurt’s Wes­tern Har­bour. Today, this is one of the nicest are­as in all of Frank­furt. I was brought to the last con­nec­ting room and intro­du­ced to Peter Bau­mann by Mr König. Tog­e­ther with Heinz Pfaf­fen­bach, my boss at the time, as well as my wife Kers­tin Hug-Dietz, who is also an archi­tect, we had our first con­ver­sa­ti­on. I have to admit that, after the first few con­ver­sa­ti­ons, it wasn’t qui­te clear to us in which direc­tion we were sup­po­sed to be hea­ding. We found out in the frame of a num­ber of exci­ting fol­low-up mee­tings. Tog­e­ther with Peter Bau­mann, we wit­nessed the begin­ning of the first full-bloo­ded hub.

 

Memo­ry: I have enough memo­ries to fill several pages. In addi­ti­on to the small office buil­ding in Frank­furt and our intro­duc­tion as an archi­tec­tu­re office in the hotel “Zum Stern” in Bad Hers­feld”, many work pro­ces­ses accom­pa­nied us. The memo­ry that reso­na­tes most stron­gly with me is the dis­cus­sion about the effec­ti­ve­ness of pro­ces­ses with regard to the plan­ning of the cen­tral hub:

- “How long do how many employees need to cover which distance?”
- “How wide can/must the hall then be?”
- “How long are the ways to the under­ground con­veyor belt?”
- “How many goods can be moved on the con­veyor belt at a time?”

And many other things. The ques­ti­on of why we put litt­le bal­co­nies on the office buil­ding rever­be­ra­tes until today. I said with a wink that this is the smoker’s bal­co­ny, and simul­ta­ne­ous­ly poin­ted to his pipe bag. We were allo­wed to con­duct a very crea­ti­ve event at the logistics fair in Munich. I worked on a mova­ble tower with four lar­ge canvas­ses in the frame of a live pain­ting event during four days of the exhi­bi­ti­on. The ent­i­re pain­ting was auc­tion­ed off for €23.900.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Relia­bi­li­ty, pre­cisi­on, stami­na, and a down-to-earth men­ta­li­ty always stood out to me. With his com­bi­na­ti­on of calm­ness and a healt­hy dose of busi­ness pres­su­re, he has a way of con­duc­ting busi­ness you reg­rett­ab­ly encoun­ter few and far bet­ween the­se days.

Ste­fan Pols­ter, branch office mana­ger at Robert Mül­ler GmbH, Chem­nitz, and for­mer mem­ber of the super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: I had my first con­ta­ct with then branch office mana­ger Peter Bau­mann in Janu­a­ry 1999 at the König branch office in Frank­furt. We tal­ked about rent gua­ran­tees in the hub.

Memo­ry: We had a mee­ting during my time as mem­ber of the super­vi­so­ry board whe­re we tal­ked about very dif­fi­cult issu­es, which Mr Bau­mann tack­led with all of his ener­gy.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: He has a gift for con­vin­cing others of his cau­se through rhe­to­ric and pre­sen­ta­ti­on.

Rai­ner Pie­trzyk, Spe­di­ti­on Reischl und Schnei­der

Rai­ner Pie­trzyk, Spe­di­ti­on Reischl und Schnei­der

First encoun­ter: I had my first con­ta­ct with Mr Bau­mann on the occa­si­on of a 24plus part­ners’ mee­ting; the sub­ject was the con­nec­tion of the freight for­war­ding com­pa­ny Reischl und Schnei­der, Ulm, as a 24plus sys­tem part­ner and foun­ding part­ner. We stay­ed in con­ta­ct until my last part­ners’ mee­ting in 2017.

Memo­ry: During all the­se years I par­ti­cu­lar­ly appre­cia­ted his strai­ght­for­ward­ness and pro­fes­sio­nal exper­ti­se regar­ding his mana­ge­ri­al respon­si­bi­li­ties.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Par­ti­cu­lar­ly con­vin­cing was his deter­mi­na­ti­on to, sin­ce the foun­ding of the 24plus Sys­tem­ver­keh­re in 1997, lead the com­pa­ny group into a strong posi­ti­on in the area of natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal LCL trans­ports by means of excel­lent qua­li­ty manage­ment. Deser­ving of a spe­cial men­ti­on is his lea­ders­hip style towards all 24plus part­ner com­pa­nies, which was par­ti­cu­lar­ly noti­ce­ab­le at the regu­lar part­ners’ mee­tings. For the next sta­ge of his life, I wish Mr Bau­mann good health and lots of time for the plea­sant things in life!

Rei­ner Joseph, long time IT coor­di­na­tor of 24plus

Rei­ner Joseph, long time IT coor­di­na­tor of 24plus

First encoun­ter: That was in 1999 in the Rhön spa in Ful­da. During this encoun­ter he drew a sketch of a hub’s pro­ces­ses on a nap­kin, the later cen­tral hub.

Memo­ry: 2007 on the cor­ri­dors of Euro-Log. He infor­med me about topics and results five minu­tes befo­re the begin­ning of the cen­tral event.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: I see the fol­lowing qua­li­ties as being cen­tral to him: trust­worthy, visio­na­ry.

Liga Kal­ni­na, Göll­ner Spe­di­ti­on, Riga

Liga Kal­ni­na, Göll­ner Spe­di­ti­on, Riga

First encoun­ter: During our con­ver­sa­ti­ons about the incor­po­ra­ti­on of Göll­ner into the 24plus fami­ly.

Memo­ry: The exci­ting tour of the cen­tral hub for the part­ners at night.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His impres­si­ve know­ledge in all are­as. Peter Bau­mann is ful­ly dedi­ca­ted to the cau­se and is a very inte­res­ting con­ver­sa­ti­on part­ner.

 

 

 

Thors­ten Höl­ser, For­war­ding and logistics asso­cia­ti­on Hesse/Rhineland Pala­ti­na­te

Thors­ten Höl­ser, For­war­ding and logistics asso­cia­ti­on Hesse/Rhineland Pala­ti­na­te

First encoun­ter: I met Peter Bau­mann at the begin­ning of his 24plus acti­vi­ties when he sin­gle­han­ded­ly began buil­ding the coope­ra­ti­on in Frankfurt’s Wes­tern Har­bour. Sin­ce then, our paths have cros­sed perio­di­cal­ly in asso­cia­ti­on mee­tings and in joint rese­arch pro­jects time and time again.

Memo­ry: As a fan of the BVB, I like to remem­ber how Prof. Loh­re (a fan of Schal­ke) and I gave Mr Bau­mann a jer­sey for his 50th bir­th­day at the trans­port logistic in Munich. It was a black and yel­low jer­sey of his favou­rite club with “Bau­mann – 50“ prin­ted on the back!

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: He advan­ced dyna­mic pro­jects with his stra­te­gic fore­sight, while always being an even-tem­pe­red and fair part­ner in con­ver­sa­ti­ons.

 

Prof. Dirk Loh­re, Heil­bronn Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces

Prof. Dirk Loh­re, Heil­bronn Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces

First encoun­ter: During a ses­si­on of the task for­ce LCL at the BSL in Bonn. That was in 2001.

Memo­ry: The­re are too many, but one in par­ti­cu­lar shaped how I saw Peter Bau­mann: It was a pho­ne call. We had just spent six mon­ths pre­pa­ring a joint pro­ject. Short­ly befo­re it was set to begin, an important part­ner abrupt­ly left the pro­ject and it was on the ver­ge of being can­cel­led. During that pho­ne call, I lear­ned a lot about relia­bi­li­ty, situa­ti­on ana­ly­sis, and how to keep one’s cool.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His afo­re­men­tio­ned relia­bi­li­ty and his instinct for situa­tions. But first and fore­mo­st his abi­li­ty to move and inspi­re other peop­le, which always beca­me appa­rent when Peter Bau­mann dis­cus­sed trans­port net­works with our Master’s stu­dents.

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Heinz Wolf jun., Micha­el Wolf oHG, Strau­bing, and mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

Heinz Wolf jun., Micha­el Wolf oHG, Strau­bing, and mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: Peter Bau­mann was intro­du­ced to me at a part­ners’ mee­ting. I still remem­ber how he was cal­led in during the ongo­ing event. An opti­mistic young man came through the door. The first time we tal­ked was when he moved from Dort­mund to Darm­stadt, for which he had boo­ked our moving com­pa­ny. He visi­ted our com­pa­ny soon after.

Memo­ry: I fond­ly remem­ber the anni­ver­s­a­ry events in Ros­tock, Ham­burg, and Bad Hers­feld. Peter Bau­mann did a gre­at job orga­ni­sing the­se fun events.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: He is honest, reli­able, and has excep­tio­nal peop­le skills. His emo­tio­nal intel­li­gence is on a very high level. He enjoys com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. He is fami­li­ar with the tech­no­lo­gy and IT in par­ti­cu­lar, and has a far-sigh­ted stra­te­gy.

 

Kers­ten Schwinn, Tech­ni­cal Inspec­tion Asso­cia­ti­on (TÜV) Hes­se

Kers­ten Schwinn, Tech­ni­cal Inspec­tion Asso­cia­ti­on (TÜV) Hes­se

First encoun­ter: During my first QM audit in the sys­tem head­quar­ters in 2002 or 2003. Sin­ce then, we’ve met once a year at the audit eva­lua­ti­on. Most of the time, the mee­tings take no lon­ger than an hour. For me, howe­ver, this hour is important and plea­sant.

Memo­ry: Han­ding over the first QM cer­ti­fi­ca­te to 24plus on the trans­port logistic in 2003. 24plus’ spe­cial event was body-pain­ting, that’s why the­re is a pho­to of me next to a scan­ti­ly clad woman who was pain­ted beau­ti­ful­ly. I might be able to find that old pic­tu­re some­whe­re.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Peter Bau­mann is extro­ver­ted and is good at com­mu­ni­ca­ting. Sin­ce we are both from sou­thern Hes­se, we have a fun­da­men­tal sym­pa­thy for one ano­t­her, which I hope is going to con­ti­nue now that he is reti­red.

Nata­scha Puhl, Acti­ve Logistics, form­er­ly Peter Baumann’s assi­stant as Nata­scha Jor­dan

Nata­scha Puhl, Acti­ve Logistics, form­er­ly Peter Baumann’s assi­stant as Nata­scha Jor­dan

First encoun­ter: I met Peter Bau­mann in 1999 during a job inter­view. Back then, the sys­tem head­quar­ters were loca­ted in the freight for­war­ding com­pa­ny August L. König in the cus­toms office com­plex of Frankfurt’s Wes­tern Har­bour.

Memo­ry: I par­ti­cu­lar­ly remem­ber 24plus’ pre­sence at the trans­port logistic in Shang­hai. Pre­sen­ting the com­pa­ny in a far away coun­try with an ent­i­re­ly dif­fe­rent men­ta­li­ty and lan­guage was a gre­at chal­len­ge for all of us and remains a spe­cial expe­ri­ence.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: In the rough­ly ten years that I worked as an assi­stant to the manage­ment of the 24plus sys­tem head­quar­ters, Mr Bau­mann has always been a gre­at lis­tener and advi­sor. Whe­ther in a pro­fes­sio­nal or a pri­va­te con­text: He always has a sym­pa­the­tic ear.

Andre­as Rit­ter, Rit­ter Logis­tik Lan­gen­ha­gen, foun­ding mem­ber of 24plus

Andre­as Rit­ter, Rit­ter Logis­tik Lan­gen­ha­gen, foun­ding mem­ber of 24plus

First encoun­ter: I met Mr Bau­mann in the con­text of a part­ners’ mee­ting of 24plus Sys­tem­ver­keh­re, when he was intro­du­ced to the part­ners as the new mana­ging direc­tor.

Memo­ry: Mr Bau­mann was invol­ved in the plan­ning of the cen­tral hub in Hauneck, which is still sta­te-of-the-art today, and also initia­ted the lion’s share of the pro­duct port­fo­lio of 24plus Sys­tem­ver­keh­re. Addi­tio­nal­ly, Mr Bau­mann always enthu­si­asti­cal­ly pro­mo­ted IT inte­gra­ti­on wit­hin the coope­ra­ti­on.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: To me, Mr Bau­mann is a uni­que per­so­na­li­ty and very good at com­mu­ni­ca­ting. He is not affec­ted by the sen­si­ti­vi­ties of indi­vi­du­al part­ners; ins­tead, his per­spec­ti­ve always encom­pas­ses the big­ger pic­tu­re of the net­work. I always had the fee­ling that Mr Baumann’s heart and soul were deeply con­nec­ted to our 24plus net­work. That is why the net­work will dear­ly miss him and his expe­ri­ence.

Jörg Für­ba­cher, Euro-Log

Jörg Für­ba­cher, Euro-Log

First encoun­ter: I met him in 2003 at the Cebit in Hano­ver.

Memo­ry: It’s not a sin­gle memo­ry, but a who­le lot of them. The annu­al stra­te­gy mee­ting – whe­re we tal­ked about future opti­mi­sa­ti­ons after the ope­ra­tio­nal topics had been con­clu­ded. Here, Peter Bau­mann always com­bi­ned prag­ma­tism with real inno­va­ti­on. For several solu­ti­ons, 24plus was the de fac­to trend-set­ter and Peter Bau­mann ser­ved as crea­ti­ve mid­wi­fe for a num­ber of pro­ducts.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: His heart and pas­si­on for 24plus. Asi­de from that his can­dour, direct­ness, and com­pa­n­ions­hip, his inno­va­ti­ve­ness and crea­ti­vi­ty: Being able to envi­si­on the future with new solu­ti­ons while being well-groun­ded is a rare and valu­able com­bi­na­ti­on. Thank you for this!

 

Uwe Mül­ler, Robert Mül­ler GmbH, spo­kes­per­son of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

Uwe Mül­ler, Robert Mül­ler GmbH, spo­kes­per­son of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: We first met when he was intro­du­ced at a part­ners’ mee­ting. I only real­ly got to know and appre­cia­te Peter Bau­mann over the years.

Memo­ry: I was elec­ted to the super­vi­so­ry board in 2017, which inten­si­fied and chan­ged our col­la­bo­ra­ti­on. That was an adjus­t­ment for both of us, which was accom­pa­nied by a deeper per­so­nal acquain­tance and open­ness for each other’s ide­as. So far, Peter Bau­mann has fed all of his expe­ri­ence into the tran­si­ti­on pro­cess, ther­eby con­tri­bu­ting to important stra­te­gic decisi­ons.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: He is a strong com­mu­ni­ca­tor and capa­ble of anti­ci­pa­ting deve­lo­p­ments. I also value his renown in the world of for­war­ding coope­ra­ti­ons.

 

 

Wer­ner Schel­ter, reti­red branch office mana­ger of Geis Trans­port und Logis­tik and for­mer long term mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

Wer­ner Schel­ter, reti­red branch office mana­ger of Geis Trans­port und Logis­tik and for­mer long term mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: I first met him at a part­ners’ mee­ting after we had joi­ned 24plus. I real­ly got to know and appre­cia­te Peter Bau­mann during my time as a mem­ber of the super­vi­so­ry board.

Memo­ry: To me, his con­ti­nuous efforts to har­mo­ni­se the part­ners in the coope­ra­ti­on at the human, part­ners­hip, and stra­te­gic level out­weigh spe­ci­fic memo­ries.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: I value Peter Bau­mann as a dyna­mic expert and manage­ment per­so­na­li­ty who led 24plus with gre­at dedi­ca­ti­on and fur­ther deve­lo­ped the com­pa­ny through mani­fold initia­ti­ves and a pionee­ring spi­rit. He also pos­ses­ses a keen psy­cho­lo­gi­cal acu­men and exem­pla­ry metho­di­cal know­ledge in the area of lea­ding a coope­ra­ti­on.

 

 

Chris­toph Klei­ne, Klei­ne Spe­di­ti­on, mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

Chris­toph Klei­ne, Klei­ne Spe­di­ti­on, mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, my memo­ry is a litt­le hazy, but I think I first met Peter Bau­mann during his job inter­view. The first las­ting impres­si­on stems from his first day on the job, when the sys­tem head­quar­ters were still loca­ted at König in Frank­furt.

Memo­ry: The­re are a lot of tho­se. I fond­ly remem­ber the con­cep­ti­on and con­struc­tion pha­se of the hub in Hauneck during my first term as spo­kes­per­son for the super­vi­so­ry board. Our con­tro­ver­si­al dis­cus­sions about the buil­ding site and loca­ti­on of the sys­tem head­quar­ters were very pro­duc­ti­ve and resul­ted in the suc­cess­ful ope­ning of the hub in 2000.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Peter Bau­mann has cul­ti­va­ted a sen­si­ti­vi­ty for the emo­tio­nal­ly influ­en­ced decisi­on-making struc­tures of owner-mana­ged fami­ly com­pa­nies and is able to com­bi­ne it with the necessa­ry stra­te­gic con­cepts. One of his excep­tio­nal abi­li­ties is his instinct for vary­ing inte­rests of a hete­ro­ge­ne­ous group; ano­t­her is his mas­ter­ful mode­ra­ti­on of decisi­on making pro­ces­ses, which he pro­ved at many part­ners’ mee­tings. In addi­ti­on to his ver­sa­ti­li­ty, I want to high­light his inte­rest in inno­vat­ing digi­tal pro­ces­ses, which resul­ted in 24plus’ modern IT struc­tures. Peter Bau­mann was a god­send for the 24plus part­ners, sin­ce he deve­lo­ped the com­pa­ny with pas­si­on, ther­eby pro­vi­ding many com­pa­nies with the chan­ce to grow sus­tainab­ly. We owe him a lot.

Eva Hassa, edi­tor at Ver­kehrs­rund­schau

Eva Hassa, edi­tor at Ver­kehrs­rund­schau

First encoun­ter: When did I first meet Peter Bau­mann? I can’t remem­ber. Howe­ver, I fond­ly remem­ber his frank and pre­cise deme­a­nour.

Memo­ry: He never hesi­ta­ted to speak his mind, ther­eby pro­vi­ding important impul­ses on the high­ly con­t­en­ded LCL mar­ket. Appar­ent­ly, he was one of the first peop­le to ack­now­ledge the impor­t­ance of col­la­bo­ra­ting coope­ra­ti­ons. He knew that this was the only way to ensu­re a future for medi­um-sized freight for­war­ding net­works. This is a tough strugg­le that requi­res pati­ence and tact. It’s pro­bab­ly easier to herd cats than to suc­cess­ful­ly mana­ge a freight for­war­ding coope­ra­ti­on. Peter Bau­mann, who mana­ged the for­war­ding coope­ra­ti­on 24plus for over 22 years, has mas­te­red this art, alt­hough he once told me that he some­ti­mes like a pup­pet becau­se of the way in which ever­y­bo­dy was pul­ling him in dif­fe­rent direc­tions.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Howe­ver, as a posi­ti­ve and enthu­si­astic music con­nois­seur who likes to par­ty, he was able to quick­ly shake it off – at least on the out­side. Life is beau­ti­ful. His joie de viv­re is cha­rac­te­ris­tic for Peter Bau­mann. Dear Mr Bau­mann, I sin­ce­rely wish you to never lose this zest for life. Stay healt­hy! Keep the music play­ing. Thank you for the time and con­ver­sa­ti­ons you bes­to­wed upon me.

Bernd Vaas, reti­red head of Betz Inter­na­tio­nal and for­mer mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

Bernd Vaas, reti­red head of Betz Inter­na­tio­nal and for­mer mem­ber of 24plus’ super­vi­so­ry board

First encoun­ter: Mr Bau­mann was intro­du­ced at a part­ners’ mee­ting. That’s whe­re I first met him.

Memo­ry: The new con­struc­tion of the hub in Hauneck, which Peter Bau­mann endor­sed enthu­si­asti­cal­ly, was one of the big­gest chal­len­ges.

Cha­rac­ter trait/skill: Peter Bau­mann always stro­ve to impro­ve pro­ces­ses and pre­sent his plans to the part­ners so that they could be rea­li­sed. All in the spi­rit of 24plus. I would descri­be his cha­rac­ter as ener­ge­tic, expe­ri­en­ced, resource­ful, and duti­ful – to name just a few of his traits. During my time on the super­vi­so­ry board, I worked clo­se­ly with Peter Bau­mann, got to know him on a per­so­nal level, and had a gre­at time. For his reti­re­ment, I wish him good health and a good time with his hob­bies. All the best!