Oliver's View of the World Books Run & Ride for Reading Across the USA by Bicycle Curriculum Vitae

Oliver Gritz

Curriculum Vitae

  • December 1965 born in Cologne, Germany


  • 1985 – 1988 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in  Transport and Logistics,  Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Lörrach with practical education at Schenker Logistics, branch office Freiburg, Germany 
  • 1988 – 1992 Master of Economics, Universities of Freiburg und Passau, Germany 
  • 2001 -2003 Executive MBA, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 1992 – 1994 Analyst Group Controlling, Danzas AG, Global Head Office, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1995 – 1996 CFO Greater China, Danzas Hongkong
  • 1996 – 1998 SVP, Head of Controlling, Business Unit Intercontinental, Danzas AG, Global Head Office, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999 SVP, Head of Marketing and Sales, Business Unit Intercontinental, Danzas AG, Global Head Office, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999 – 2001 CFO North America, Danzas, Seattle, USA
  • 2001 – 2002 CFO Asia – Pacific, Danzas Singapore
  • 2003 – 2004 CFO DHL Asia – Pacific, DHL Sinpapore
  • 2005 – 2009 EVP & CFO, Member of Divisional Board, DHL Express Global Head Office, Bonn, Germany
  • Since 2010 Owner / Managing Director COG Skill Pool GmbH, a Marketing and Consulting Company 
  • Since 2010 Senior Expert at Kearney Management Consulting
  • 2011-2016 EVP Sales and Europe Region, Member of Group Management, Southern Air (later Worldwide Air Logistics Group), Florence, KY, USA
  • Since 2013 Owner / Managing Director of Luxury Lodging GmbH, a boarding house (https://luxury-lodging.de/
  • Since 2020 Owner / Managing Director Ontegos Applications, a software und business process outsourcing company for the transport and logistics industry (https://ontegos.de/)

Run & Ride for Reading

  • Ab 2008 Founder / Chairman of Run & Ride for Reading, a charity organization to support the reading and learning ability of children (run-ride.com)
  • 2008 first event of the annual Ride for Reading racing bike (and new: E-Bike) tour (rideforreading.de)
  • 2009 Establishment of the first three Run & Ride for Reading Reading Clubs in Cologne, Germany
  • 2011 First event of the annual Cologne Run & Ride for Reading, a charity run and bike ride in and around the Cologne Stadium (leselauf.de)
  • 2018 Inauguration of the 100th Run & Ride for Reading Reading Club

Books and Other Achievements

  • 2010 Crossing of the USA by bicycle from Seattle to the New Jersey shore (https://www.cyclingacrossusa.com/)
  • 2012 Publishing of the book „Mit dem Fahrrad durch die USA, 5.100 km in 42 Tagen, Fahrradreise vom Pazifik zum Atlantik.“ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Oc­tober, 2012 
  • 2014 Second bike tour across the USA from Seattle to Custer, SD (https://www.cyclingacrossusa.com/)
  • 2019 Publishing of the second edition of  „Mit dem Fahrrad durch die USA, 5.100 km in 42 Tagen, Fahrradreise vom Pazifik zum Atlantik.“ editionfredebold, Cologne, May 2019 (https://cyclingacrossusa.com/de)
  • 2019 Publishing of the book “Weltklasse, Die Welt braucht dein bestes DU!“, editionfredebold, Cologne, August 2019
  • 2020 Publishing of the book “Data Mastery in Freight Forwarding“, editionfredebold, Cologne, February 2020 (https://ontegos.de/offers/checkout)
  • 2021 Publishing of the book "Across the USA by Bicycle", editionfredebold, Cologne, January 2021 (https://www.cyclingacrossusa.com/)

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