Forto Opens Poland Office with Pawel Skwarlo as Country Lead
- Forto opens new office in Warsaw, Poland.
- Pawel Skwarlo, formerly Air Freight Director at OMIDA Sea and Air S.A. joins Forto as new Director Poland.
Berlin, Germany – 15 June 2022
Forto, a leading provider of digitized freight forwarding and supply chain solutions, today announced further expansion into the Eastern-European markets with a new office based in Warsaw, Poland.
With its important ports in Gdansk, Gdynia, and Szczecin, as well as the international airports in Warsaw, Katowice and Gdańsk, the location forms an important logistics network and offers fast access to all leading markets in Europe: Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK¹.
The company takes its first steps in Poland with the appointment of Pawel Skwarlo as Director Poland. Skwarlo joins Forto after serving as Air Freight Director for Warsaw-based OMIDA Sea and Air S.A. While at OMIDA, Skwarlo opened a branch focused on Air Freight building up the business and team from the ground up. With more than than 20 years of experience in transport and logistics, Skwarlo held a variety of Ocean/Sea Freight product and trade lane management roles for providers such as UTi Worldwide Inc. and DB Schenker Sp.
“Pawel’s experience working with customers and building partner relationships in the local market is just what we need to expand our presence and provide digitally-driven logistics to customers in the region,” said Michael Wax, Forto Co-Founder and CEO. “It’s exciting to have someone with Pawel’s knowledge and track record on board.”
“Poland is currently experiencing an exciting momentum, especially in logistics. We have a lot to do when it comes to simplifying processes – especially in digitalisation. Forto brings exactly the right skillset with its offer,” commented Skwarlo. “With our digital approach, we can bring new experiences to customers in Poland.” Forto teams in Poland include local customer account management, logistics operations, and technical engineers supported by Forto’s international network of logistics, operational, and technical teams around the world.
Since its founding, Forto has grown from a small team in Berlin to a worldwide presence with offices across Germany and Asia including Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2021, the company expanded its operations with offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Madrid, Rotterdam, and Ho Chi Minh City. In 2022, Forto plans to further expand its footprint to customers in Belgium, Sweden and southern Europe.
Earlier this year, the company announced a new Series D investment of $250 Million led by Disruptive and including participation from previous investors including Softbank Vision Fund 2, G Squared, Northzone, Unbound, and A.P. Moeller Holding.
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 www.forto.com.