Published by Parcelly Team
 • 21 February 2023

We are truly excited and honoured to announce the appointment of Ken Allen as the Chairman of the Parcelly board of directors.  

After his outstanding career at Deutsche Post DHL Group, the leading and most international logistics provider, revolutionising the carrier's business model and leading DHL Express to its ground-breaking success in the industry, we are beyond honoured to welcome Ken to the Parcelly Group.  

 Parcelly_Chairman_Ken Allen_CEO_Sebastian Steinhauser_FEB2023Source: Parcelly Ltd, Download

Counting decades under his belt in the logistics industry, Ken is considered one of the most influential managers in the sector. He started his career back in 1985 when DHL was still known by the name of their founders, Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn. Working through positions of Regional manager, Regional CFO, and Regional CEO, all the way up to the Global CEO of DHL Express in 2009 through to 2019. His expertise spans across various global regions, including the USA, Canada, MENA and Europe. In 2010, Ken was appointed to the Global board of Deutsche Post DHL, after steering DHL Express from a 2bn loss in 2008 to a profit of 2bn in 2018. Ken took leadership at DHL to the next level: embedding company culture and sales performance into all his teams, with a unique approach to motivation. 

Following his transformative time at DHL, he is now also the acclaimed author of ‘Radical Simplicity’ a book “full of advice on everything from defining your core business values to winning the hearts and minds of your people, this book reveals the strategies and skills you need to achieve happiness and prosperity”. 

 Radical Simplicity - Ken Allen - Chairman Parcelly Limited


Ken now tries to enjoy retirement after stepping down from the board after almost 40 years in the DHL organisation. Ken remains a family man with 4 children and his wife, he continues to live an active lifestyle, working out almost every day of the week and engaging in meditation.  

Ken’s unique approach to business, his deep experience and knowledge of the market, his leading understanding of people management and the definition of success have long been an inspiration for everyone at Parcelly. We are incredibly excited and feel honoured to welcome Ken Allen to the board and we look forward to learning from his experience! 

Sebastian Steinhauser, Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder 

“When I met with Ken first time in 2018, Parcelly had just started its partnership with DHL Express in the UK and had recently been awarded DHL’s prestigious “Last-mile Innovation of the Year” award. As our first meeting evolved all around Last-mile innovation, customer value creation, sustainability and sales performance we also laid the groundwork for our first international growth project with DHL Express MENA later that year. I was fascinated by Ken’s expertise and interest across all areas of the industry, from subjects on a macro level to granular technical detail. At that time, I would not have imagined, that I would be allowed to reach out to him directly over the years for his advice or help. It hence felt extremely natural to propose him a role on our board after he announced stepping down from his executive responsibilities at Deutsche Post DHL. On behalf of the executive team and the entire company, I feel honoured and proud to have Ken on our board of directors, and to benefit from his values, industry knowledge and guidance. The journey continues to accelerate, here’s to the years ahead!” 

Ken Allen, Group Chairman of the board of directors

“The Logistics industry is constantly reinventing itself through technology and better asset utilization to reduce cost and improve efficiency. With the Parcelly model, logistics companies and retailers can provide innovative services with little upfront investment to better serve their customers. I am honoured to join the board and look forward to growing the business with the entrepreneurial spirit of Sebastian and the team.” 

A huge welcome once again to Ken Allen, we are thrilled to be on this journey and continue to develop our business direction together!  

An official press release can also be found on our Press page.  


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