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Robert Gärtner

Executive Board

Robert Gärtner has been a member of the Executive Board of Ernst Russ AG since March 2019. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of the company from June 2016 to February 2019. In addition to his role as CEO, he is responsible for the Shipping segment.

As a trained industrial manager and company accountant, he has held numerous financial management positions in both group and medium-sized companies over his 50-year career. Robert Gärtner joined INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG as a partner and member of the Executive Board in 2006. He led the company from supplying the ship-building industry to becoming a leading provider of software and services in the maritime industry.

Frank Kunkel

Head of Shipping

Frank Kunkel has held a management position at the Ernst Russ Group since 2009 and is responsible for the Group's operational decisions in the shipping sector. He has worked as Commercial and Operations Manager and Managing Director at Scorship Navigation, Mercator Navigation, Ernst Russ Reederei and Frachtcontor Junge & Co. and can look back on around 30 years of successful management on land.

Prior to this, Frank Kunkel trained at sea and worked for several years as a nautical officer on various types of ships, mainly bulk carriers, reefers and containerships, before obtaining his captain's license for long voyages.