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Setlog: Niklas Kirwel becomes new US CEO

Niklas Kirwel took over the North American operations as CEO on July 1. Ralf Duester, former US CEO, is appointed as Chairman of the Board.


As the new US CEO at Setlog, Niklas Kirwel reports to the Board of Directors in New York and the Executive Board of Setlog AG at the headquarters in Bochum, Germany. © Setlog


Cologne-based manager Niklas Kirwel (40), who previously worked for Setlog in Europe and the U.S. from 2006 to 2018, has been appointed CEO of the New York-based SCM software provider Setlog Corp. His main task in the USA is to expand the North American market and gain new customer business as well as to standardize processes.

Setlog co-founder Ralf Duester, who has led the successful development and expansion of Setlog’s North American business over the past ten years, will simultaneously join the Board of Directors as Chairman. “We are very excited to have Niklas Kirwel return to Setlog. He not only has years of experience with our SCM software OSCA, but also a broad knowledge of supply chain management and corporate social responsibility in various industries. For several years, he already supported Setlog´s development and expansion of the US market,” Duester emphasizes.

Niklas Kirwel’s background

Kirwel started his career at Setlog in 2006 as Customer Relationship Manager. After internal promotion, he was responsible for the European and North American markets as Vice President Product (USA) and Managing Director EMEA from 2013. In 2018, he moved to London and worked for two of the leading software-as-a-service specialists in the UK. Most recently, he was Head of Solutions Portfolio Management, Pricing and Innovations at Unicepta in Cologne.

Kirwel gained industry knowledge and contacts in the fashion and textile industry during his several years of voluntary work as an Advisory Board Member of the California Fashion Association and on the Social Compliance and Logistics Committees of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.