“Key priority of the 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 concentrating on free global trade. Another focal point is our medicine funding through research, therapy, and education in the ﬁelds of allergology and cardiology. In Davos, Switzerland, we operate the Hochgebirgsklinik, a renowed rehabilitation hospital owned by us, and various research institutions. In the cultural sector, we support leading opera houses and concert halls and belong to the main sponsors of the Salzburg Festival and Lucerne Festival.”
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 Chairman 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 over 30 percent 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 the year 1976. The deed of the Foundation is support for training, further education, scholarships and research in the ﬁelds of transport and logistics. The Kühne Foundation is also heavily involved in the area of medicine. It has established a Medicine Campus in Davos, Switzerland, supporting there two major research projects in the ﬁelds of allergology and cardiology, and runs the Hochgebirgsklinik. In the area of culture, the Kühne Foundation supports primarily festivals, operas and concert halls in Europe.