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The Advisory Board of Lödige Industries

The advisory board of the Lödige Industries companies represents the interests of the shareholders. The members of the advisory board consist of Dr. Ing. Rudolf Lödige, Dr. med. Wilhelm Lödige, Manfred Finken und Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Kitte.

Dr. Ing. Rudolf Lödige

Industry Activity
Rudolf Lödige was born in Paderborn in 1948. He studied mechanical engineering at the Leibniz University of Hanover. After studying and working as a scientific assistant at the IFA under Prof. Kettner, he joined Lödige Industries in 1980 after his doctorate, where he first worked as a product manager and then as division manager in the Systems division.

In 1985 he became Managing Director, a position he held until 2013 and which he shared with the current CEO, Philippe De Backer, from 2006. During this time, he transformed Lödige Industries from a more locally oriented factory into a global company with more than 20 locations and more than 1000 employees. Today, Lödige Industries is the world leader in air freight terminals.

Since 2013, Dr. Lödige has represented the interests of the owner family as Chairman of the Advisory Board.


Scientific activity
From 2006 to 2010 Dr. Lödige was Professor of Cargo Handling Systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamm and from 2010 to 2013 Professor of Logistics at the University of Applied Sciences in Paderborn. As long-time chairman of the economic board of trustees at the chair for conveying and warehousing at the TU Dortmund (Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Reinhard Jünemann) he significantly influenced the introduction and the modules of the study course "Logistics". This course of studies "Logistics" was one of the first courses of this kind in Germany. Since 2017 he has been curator of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund.

Manfred Finken

Manfred Finken was born in Germany in 1950. He studied law at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn. In 1977 Mr Finken joined one of the predecessor firms of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he had been a partner since 1981. From 2001 he was Co-Head of the Global Consumer Goods Industry and Retail Sector Group before becoming Managing Partner for Germany, Austria and Central Eastern Europe from 2004 to 2010. Since his retirement as a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Dehringer, Manfred Finken has worked as a freelance individual lawyer.

Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Kitte

Dr. Ing. Franz-Josef Kitte was born in Germany in 1950. He studied mechanical engineering at Leibniz University in Hanover.

After completing his studies, he earned his doctorate at the Institute of Mechanics at the University of Hanover in 1979 and initially began his work at BEB Betriebsführungsgesellschaft, which was managed by the former shareholders Esso AG and Shell AG in Hamburg. In 1982 he moved to Steag AG in Essen. From 1989 to 2013, Dr. Kitte was Managing Director of STEAG Fernwärme GmbH. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Lödige Industries since 2009.

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