C.H. Robinson continues its European expansion and is opening new offices in Romania and Czech Republic, two of the most dynamic and stable economies in Eastern Europe. These new offices, located in Bucharest and Prague add to the company’s growing footprint in the region.
In the new Bucharest office, Cătălin Buretea was named as C.H. Robinson’s branch manager. Buretea has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. He previously held a variety of sales management positions at Codognotto and Euro Freight GmbH. Prior to that he held commercial roles at Samsung Electronics CEE, and Orange Romania.
“The stable Romanian economy, makes it very attractive for foreign investors to open their business doors in Romania, especially in Bucharest where over fifty percent of headquarters of all industries present in the Romanian market, are located,” said Buretea. “Romania has a lot of highly educated people, with a lot of experience, who I believe, will also add to C.H. Robinson’s competitiveness in the European marketplace.”
Also, C.H. Robinson named Petra Vlckova as the Prague branch manager who is responsible for leading the office’s growth. Vlckova joins C.H. Robinson from ESA Logistics and GTL Logistics, where she gained experience in full truckload, less than truckload, and project cargo transportation.
Vlckova believes that having an office in Prague is crucial to developing C.H. Robinson’s overall road transportation services on the continent. “Many of our existing Czech customers export or import on the Czech-Benelux and West German corridors,” said Vlckova. “I’m excited to join the C.H. Robinson team, leveraging transportation equipment and building relationships with local and regional carriers as we support our current and new customers.”
“We see Prague and Bucharest as key strategic growth areas,” said Jeroen Eijsink, president, C.H. Robinson Europe. “Economic activity is increasing in these regions, and both Czech Republic and Romania are two of the fastest growing markets in Eastern Europe. The stable economic climate is especially generating considerable growth in the transport sector.”
The opening of the Prague and Bucharest offices, are the third and second recent transportation office openings for C.H. Robinson in Eastern Europe, following the opening of Bratislava, Slovakia in 2016.