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NEW YORK, August 14, 2023 – IIRR is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Udo Lange to the organization’s Board of Directors.

“The board of IIRR warmly welcomes Udo Lange as our newest member,” says Emily Cheng, IIRR interim board chair.” His experience as CEO for various companies, as well as his knowledge of rural development and international affairs, will be invaluable to our organization. Udo is not one to shy off challenges. We look forward to working with him.”

Dr. Lange has over 20 years of experience in the international trade industry, with expertise in global freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and logistics. He is the incoming CEO of Stolt-Nielsen, a long-term investor and manager of business in bulk-liquid logistics and sustainable land-based aquaculture.

Prior to joining Stolt-Nielsen, Dr. Lange served as president and chief executive officer of Memphis-based FedEx Logistics, where he was responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of FedEx Logistics.

In June 2020, Dr. Lange was named one of the “Top 10 Logistics Leaders” globally by Supply Chain Digital, a leading source of news for the industry. He currently serves as a member of the White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force and numerous boards, including the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.

Dr. Lange holds a Ph.D. in economic science from the University of Duisburg and a master’s degree in business administration and mechanical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

“I am excited to welcome Udo as the newest addition to our board of directors,” says Peter Williams, IIRR President. “With an impressive track record of leadership and strategic thinking in the global arena, he brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective that will undoubtedly enrich IIRR’s mission, particularly in our efforts around climate and economic empowerment.”

Udo was officially elected to the board of directors on August 11, 2023.