Magnate Worldwide Hires President of International Logistics

Posted in: Magnate News on 2015-01-13

January 13, 2015


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Thomas Gilgen_modified_websiteMagnate Worldwide (MWW), a new holding company in the transportation and logistics industry, is pleased to announce the hiring of Thomas Gilgen as the president of the international logistics division.


With more than 15 years of industry experience, Gilgen has worked for Weiss-Rohlig USA, Coca-Cola Switzerland and Panalpina AG.


“Thomas brings a very diverse background to Magnate Worldwide,” said Dan Para, CEO of MWW. “He has the right kind of international experience to execute our vision of creating a premier international freight forwarding company. We’re excited to see the impact of his leadership here.”


Most recently, Gilgen served as the president of Weiss-Rohlig USA headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He spent a decade at Weiss-Rohlig, working his way up from ocean freight supervisor to president in that time. Under his leadership, Weiss-Rohlig USA doubled revenue from $90 million to $200 million. He also merged multiple freight forwarding companies and one customs broker into Weiss-Rohlig USA.


Previously, Gilgen was an international traffic manager at Coca-Cola Switzerland and an import airfreight manager at Panalpina AG in Bern Switzerland.


He earned business and administration degrees in Bern, Switzerland, from the Dr. Rischik Education Center and the Higher College of Commerce. He’s fluent in German and English, and can also speak French and Italian.


“I’m thrilled to join this exciting new company,” Thomas Gilgen said. “Dan and Mike are proven savvy industry veterans, and I really believe in what they’re building here.”


About Magnate Worldwide

MWW is focused on asset-light premium logistics. We will provide experienced and skilled operational and customer-focused talent. Our attention will focus on the best in class companies that operate in the international freight forwarding and North American expedited transportation markets. Together with a strong capital position and seasoned management team, we will build MWW into a leading premium transportation and logistics provider. More information can be found at