Press Release

Forto Appoints Thomas Eisenblätter Vice President Global Sea Freight Management, FCL

  • Logistics industry executive brings 30+ years of international logistics expertise with companies such as DB Schenker, JCL, Agility, and Panalpina

Berlin, Germany – 18 May 2022

Forto, a leading provider of digitized freight forwarding and supply chain solutions, today announced the appointment of Thomas Eisenblätter as Vice President of Global Sea Freight Management, FCL.  In his new role, Eisenblätter will oversee the procurement and business development of the Forto offerings for international Sea Freight. 


Eisenblätter brings more than 30  years of operational, business development  and partner management experience  to  Forto.  He joins the company after most recently serving as Executive Vice President Ocean for DB Schenker, where he was responsible for the Ocean Freight business unit with a strong focus on development and growth. In this role, he also served as a member of the Management Board for Europe and drove the strategy and operations for a team of more than  2,000 people,  serving thousands of customers  around the world. 


“Thomas has demonstrated his ability to build and lead a strong sea freight setup and deliver new innovative solutions and services time and time again,” commented Jochen Freese, Executive Vice President of Procurement and Business Development for Forto. “His experience in delivering sea freight services across regions and trade lanes will play a crucial role as we continue to expand our business on a global scale.”


Prior to his time at DB Schenker, Eisenblätter was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of JCL Air and Ocean Germany.  Eisenblätter has similarly held executive level management positions with Fr. Meyer’s Sohn (COO Ocean and Air), Agility Logistics Santa Ana (Senior Vice President Global Ocean Freight), and Panalpina Ocean Freight Management (Managing Director Global Sea Freight).


“Forto is driving the future of logistics in new and exciting directions – from their digital approach to their sustainability focus,” commented Eisenblätter. “I look forward to joining the company at this exciting point in its journey.”


Eisenblätter steps into a role formerly held by Johannes Saade, now appointed to a new role as Vice President of Sea Freight Products. Saade’s new appointment reinforces  Forto’s strategy and an organizational structure that unifies logistics solutions and technology development under a single product management function. In this new role. Saade will drive the end-to-end product vision, strategy, and the success of the Sea Freight offering across Forto’s markets. 

About Forto

Forto advances the vision to deliver a highly transparent, frictionless, and sustainable digital supply chain. Forto platform technologies address the entire process stream, from offer, booking, document administration, tracking and tracing to pro-active exemption processing and analysis, supporting our customers with greater visibility, insight, and control. Leading manufacturers and e-commerce brands are among the 2,500 customers using Forto’s digitally-focused offerings as part of their supply chain delivery. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the company currently has more than 750 employees with 16 locations across Europe and Asia including offices in Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Ho Chi Minh City, Madrid, Rotterdam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. For more information, please visit

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