Listen. Empathize. Be humble. These are some of the wise words that Kevin Nash shared to the young and talented people from the YPL² Luxembourg community, on the 22nd of February.
We were anxiously expecting the event and finally, the day arrived; we were about to meet Kevin Nash, the Managing Director at Kuehne + Nagel for Benelux. While waiting to get inside the company, we figured out our logistics wasn’t the best that day and we went to another facility. It was freezing outside so we didn’t take that very well. I was looking for my gloves when I heard my colleagues greeting someone with a lot of enthusiasm. It was the man himself, Kevin Nash. He greeted us with a big bright smile, shook hands with everyone and offered us a ride to the venue of the event. You can already guess we accepted his kind offer.
We finally arrived at the new facility of Kuehne+Nagel, Contern II, a 46.900 square meters building equipped with the latest warehousing technology. We were greeted by Sharon Lee, Marketing Manager, Olivier Klein Director of K+N Luxembourg, and some members of the Logistics team, who made sure we had all the comfort and information we needed. Meanwhile, more people from the YPL² community arrived and we were ready to start the event.
Mr. Nash began by presenting himself, gave us some general information about the company, introduced the members of the team that were present, and the agenda for the day. He gave the word to Johannes Hesse, Chairman of the YPL² who presented together with Mathias Weinmann, the Vice Chairman of the community, the evolution of YPL², and the upcoming events of this year. Shortly after their opening remarks, we went on a tour of the warehouse, while we were informed about the innovative features of the facility. We found out that their newest warehouse benefits of DGP certified cross-dock, Pharma Wholesale License, integrated transport management, TAPA complaint sites, a high-security parking and a customer dedicated area, placing the warehouse in a class of its own.
After a short coffee break, we went back to our seats to listen to the man we were there for. I have to say I was expecting to hear more advertising than life lessons, but I have to admit I was completely wrong. Mr. Nash was there to catch our attention. And so he did. He was born in Cork and lived there for most of his life. He started working in logistics when he was still a teenager. He founded his own company, sold it, worked for Apple for almost 7 years as an EMEA Logistics Manager, and after that, he made a crucial decision that changed his life: he moved to Luxembourg and to start over. He began working for Kuehne+Nagel as a Director of Integrated Logistics, and 9 years later he decided to move to Cargolux as SVP Global Logistics. After only one year at Cargolux, he came back to Kuehne+Nagel to take on his current role. He has 34 fascinating years of expertise in Logistics, and an even more fascinating life. He is the father of 5 children, the husband of an amazing woman that he called his best friend, and he is passionate about motorcycles. He reminded us that life is about respecting the people around us as much as we respect ourselves. He gave us 5 words to reflect on, and these were some of his best life lessons: empathy, optimism, listening, purpose, self-reflection. He didn’t do all of the above without difficulty, but life taught him that these are the key steps to succeed as a person and as a professional. Two hours have passed from when he began telling us about his life experience and none of us was ready to leave the room. He patiently replied to all of our questions as we were getting close to the end of the evening.
I left the venue thinking of the last three hours we spent together, reflecting on my own experiences. What can I change to become a better person and a better professional? What would you change?
Kevin Nash’s LinkedIn profile
Author of the article:
Andra Petrescu – Master’s candidate at MIT Global SCALE Network – Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management