Hapag-Lloyd appoints Silke Lehmköster as Managing Director Fleet


Silke Lehmköster has taken over the role of Managing Director Fleet at Hapag-Lloyd, with responsibility for Fleet Management, Fleet Innovation & Technology and Chartering as well as the Newbuildings Project Group. She is succeeding Richard von Berlepsch, who will focus on selected projects and committee work going forward.

In her new role, Silke Lehmköster will report to Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

“We would like to congratulate Silke Lehmköster and wish her all the best in her new role as Managing Director Fleet,” says Dr Maximilian Rothkopf. “Next to maintaining the highest standards and ensuring the continuous safe and compliant operation of our vessels, one of her big challenges will be to further advance the decarbonisation of our fleet, helping us to achieve our goal of being climate-neutral by 2045.

“At the same time, we would like to thank Richard von Berlepsch for his passionate and highly professional commitment over the last 40 years.”

Silke Lehmköster began her career at Hapag-Lloyd with an apprenticeship at sea in 2005 and was promoted to captain in 2018. Two years later, she switched to an onshore position and initially served as Senior Director Marine HR before becoming Senior Director Fleet Management in April 2022.

As Managing Director Fleet, Silke Lehmköster will be responsible for fleet management, advancing innovative technologies around our fleet and new construction projects, such as the ongoing completion of a total of 12 ultra-modern large container ships with dual-fuel technology and a capacity of 23,600 TEU.