Karin Lengenfelder ‘takes over the watch’ from Jürgen Behrens

31 Mar 2021 09:00 Personnel matters

After almost 48 years Jürgen Behrens, head of Port of Hamburg’s Representative Office South, is bidding farewell to logistics and going into well-earned retirement. For just under 20 years, he has been the Port of Hamburg’s face to the port customers in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Switzerland. His relief is Karin Lengenfelder who, after 15 years in Hamburg, has returned to her home state of Bavaria for her new duties.

After successfully completing his vocational training as a shipping company & ship brokerage clerk at Hapag-Lloyd, Jürgen Behrens decided early on that his career would be in the port industry. This took him to London, Le Havre and Haiti among other places. “Logistics means getting along with a real mix of people, cultures and languages. For me, that is what is so fascinating about this field,” said Jürgen Behrens. In the Mid-Eighties, setting up the United States Lines ‘Round the World’ service took him to Bremen and Munich in Bavaria, where he has created deep roots with his family. Before taking over as head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) Representative Office in Munich, he was firstly branch manager for CAST Europe Germany and then active for Senator Lines.

“We want to thank Jürgen Behrens for his untiring dedication in embedding the Port of Hamburg in the minds of shippers and port customers in the South. With projects like ‘62 Plus’ he also succeeded in increasing the rail share of hinterland traffic with Bavaria by 10 percent,” stated HHM Joint CEO Axel Mattern, commending him. 

Jürgen Behrens successful work will now be carried forward by Karin Lengenfelder. In the early part of her career, for almost 20 years, she was a journalist in her home region of Augsburg, before she found her way to Hamburg. In 2008, she enlisted as spokesperson with the Hamburg Port Authority. “The port had me fascinated from the word go,” says Karin Lengenfelder. As head of communications, she gained further experience at Buss Port Logistics, including topics such as offshore wind, seaworthy packaging and inland ports. After an excursion into international communication in parcel logistics, in 2018 she came on board as a communications expert at Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Headquarters.

“It gives me great pleasure that in Karin Lengenfelder, who is just as at home in both port logistics and Southern Germany, we have found a competent successor for Jürgen Behrens,” added HHM Joint CEO Ingo Egloff.
“I’m looking forward to my new challenge, with customer events in both southern German states and Switzerland, as well as being the one to bring the Port of Hamburg into the south,” added Karin Lengenfelder. At roughly sixty-four, Jürgen Behrens goes into retirement with somewhat mixed feelings. He will certainly still be staying in contact with the world of logistics through his many growing friendships over so many years. 

Karin Lengenfelder ‘takes over the watch’ from Jürgen Behrens