Ralf Düster is founding partner of Setlog GmbH and is responsible there as managing director for Supply Chain Management & Logistics. He also serves as Chairman of the subsidiary Setlog Corp. based in New York, USA.
Düster is an expert in global procurement, supply chain management and logistics in the apparel and consumer goods industries. He is a board member and vice president of the Log-IT Club e.V., with more than 270 member companies from the global sourcing industry, logistics and business consulting. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Logistics Cluster NRW. The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as the central organization for 79 IHKs in Germany, based in Berlin, has Ralf Düster nominated and appointed as an official member from 2017 to 2020. Düster is a member of the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals), a member of the AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association) and the BVL (German Logistics Association), and a member of the advisory board of NRW Invest (USA) LLC.
After training as a forwarding agent and a one-year import and export business with the logistics company Lep Group International, Düster studied business administration with a focus on sales and foreign trade. Düster spent ten years in the garment industry for the Steilmann Group, responsible for planning, purchasing and managing international shipments. Among other things, he has managed global export logistics as well as procurement logistics in Asia across the Group in more than 14 subsidiaries. As Director Asia Singapore SGAL Ltd. (Steilmann Group Asia Limited), he was responsible for logistical purchasing planning and the financing of Asian suppliers in documentary payment transactions. Most recently, Düster worked on the project management side of the management consultancy McKinsey on the restructuring of the overall logistics of the Steilmann Group. Düster spent 1.5 years as Director Logistics at Matchbid AG, Düsseldorf, where he was responsible for the entire logistics management of the marketplace customers and for the development and implementation of Internet-based logistics applications.