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Background

We are the leading provider of software solutions and related services to the international liner shipping sector.

We were founded in Germany in 1989 by IT specialists who had the vision of creating and delivering high quality IT solutions to the shipping industry. Their aim was to use technology to introduce efficiencies and to streamline many of the processes inherent within liner shipping.

Success extended our reach and soon our software applications were installed in shipping companies in Hamburg, Bremen, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre and London. To help us capitalise on a growing presence in Asia, Softship Data Processing Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 1996. This office soon grew into a combined sales, service, development and production hub employing more than 25 people.

To support continued growth and to reinforce our company’s financial and corporate strength, we successfully achieved a listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2001.

With a focus on the US market we established a presence in New York, which moved to Miami in 2015.

We continue to grow and develop and now employ more than 100 people serving more than 120 clients across the globe.


Management

Softship’s executive directors are:

Detlef Müller

Mr Müller graduated with an M.B. Informatics from University of Applied Sciences, Wedel (near Hamburg) and began work as a developer for Softship in 1989 where he was responsible for developing a range of shipping applications. He became a project manager in 1991 and general manager in 1994. In 2000, he was appointed an executive director with specific responsibility for the production department, customer support, project management for dedicated accounts, consulting, application design. In addition, he is responsible for finances since 2007.

 

Thomas Wolff

Mr Wolff began his career as a software developer and has worked with Softship since 1989. He was project manager for the section midrange and client/server computing for shipping companies, liner agencies and terminals, and was appointed general manager in 1994. He became a member of the board of directors in 2000. He is responsible for administration, production and sales at Softship, and still takes on customer projects as project manager, because to be as close to our customers as possible is a vital element of our company’s policy.

Other key Softship staff include:

Lars Fischer, Global Sales Director

Lars Fischer is Global Sales Director and also Managing Director of the Asia Pacific headquarters of Softship. Educated at Germany’s University of Applied Sciences in Wedel, Lars began working for Softship as a software engineer in 1994. He became a business consultant and project manager in 1996 and has headed-up Softship Data Processing, Singapore, since 1998. He is responsible for Singapore’s commercial and technical staff of around 25 experts and for the group’s sales & marketing strategy world-wide.

Lars Hansen, General Manager

Lars Hansen is Customer Support Manager and has been with Softship since 2007. He graduated at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg as Master of Science in Business administration. Additionally he is a graduated e-commerce manager and specialist in ITIL. He has extensive experience in leading consultancy teams, managing large IT projects.

Dirk Selter, General Manager

Dirk Selter is a senior project manager and has been with the company since 1994. After his graduation as a computer scientist from University of Applied Sciences in Wedel, he started as software developer at Softship, then became project manager for individual projects, and has been involved in IT consultancy and project management for many of Softship’s international clients.

We are governed by a supervisory board comprising:

Heiko Nocke (chairman)

Mr Nocke studied computer sciences before working as a software developer and then managing director of a well-known German software company. He co-founded Softship in 1989 and retired from full-time involvement in the company in 2006.

 

Klaus Brenken

Mr Brenken is a lawyer who was admitted to the Bar in 1977. He is a partner with SKW Schwarz where his areas of expertise include transport statutes, freight forwarding, carrier's liability, cargo and insurance law as well as international sales law including all related legal fields; consulting and drafting of freight forwarding and logistics contracts; drafting of liability agreements with forwarding companies and detailed elucidation of all insurance issues connected with these.

 

Werner Tholl

Mr. Werner Tholl, born in 1965, studied financial economics with a focus on customs and tax law. He continued his education with a degree in organizational programming, and began his professional career in 1990 as a customs inspector at the data center in Düsseldorf.

In 1992, he moved to Hübner EDV Beratung in Aachen as Senior Manager with HR responsibility. In 1997, he founded the znet group in Wiesbaden, where he continues to hold the position as CEO.

In 2016 he acquired an additional qualification as Business Coach, ICI.