“Key priority of my Kühne Foundation is the support for training, further education as well as research and science in the area of logistics. This also includes Humanitarian Logistics and a project "Global Free Trade". Medical research and education in the fields of allergies and heart diseases are of particular importance as well. Finally, the Kühne Foundation supports cultural projects, primarily in the music and literature areas.”
Following a commercial apprenticeship and several years of thorough education, Klaus-Michael Kühne joined the family business Kühne + Nagel in the early 1960s. In 1963 he was appointed general partner, in 1966 Chairman of the Management Board. From 1975 onwards he was Chief Executive Officer and later on appointed President of the Board of Directors at the company’s international head office in Switzerland. Since 2011 Klaus-Michael Kühne has been Honorary Chairman of Kühne + Nagel International AG. The Kühne Holding AG, established by Klaus-Michael Kühne in 1993, is the majority shareholder of the Kühne + Nagel Group and holds an almost 30-per cent stake in Hapag-Lloyd AG, one of the worldwide leading container shipping lines. In addition, the Kühne Holding AG owns real estate and is engaged in the luxury hotel segment.
Together with his parents Klaus-Michael Kühne established the Kühne Foundation in 1976. The deed of the Foundation is support for training, further education, scholarships and research in the fields of transport and logistics. In addition, the Kühne Foundation is supporting research in sustainable global trade. The Kühne Foundation is involved in large medical projects in Davos, Switzerland. It supports research centers for allergology and cardiology at its medicine campus at the Hochgebirgsklinik. The Kühne Foundation owns the Hochgebirgsklinik, which is specialised in the treatment of allergy patients and operates a rehabilitation center for heart diseases. In the cultural sector, the Kühne Foundation supports classic festivals, operas and concert halls in Europe as well as the Harbour Front Literature Festival in Hamburg.