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Gaby Bornheim is the first women to hold the position of president of the VDR in the association’s 114-year history.

Bornheim is a lawyer with a doctorate in law. As a managing director, she has been jointly re-sponsible for successfully managing Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG, one of the largest German shipping companies, for many years.

Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Hamburg, the company has roughly 5,000 employees worldwide at sea and on land. A fleet of approxi-mately 500 vessels – including 400 container ships as well as bulk carriers and multi-purpose vessels – is under its commercial management, and 120 of these are also under its technical management.