Thomas Horst began his professional career at forwarders Pracht GmbH before moving on to TNT Express GmbH in 1989 where he was latterly divisional manager at the Troisdorf head office. In August 2005 he joined United Parcel Service in Munich as their sales director. He joined Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland in 2010 to head sales and was largely responsible for building up the growing parcel business with clients outside the Otto Group. Since July 2014 he has been a member of the Executive Board with responsibility for sales at Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland and Hermes Transport Logistics. After the merger of Hermes Transport Logistics GmbH and Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland GmbH in June 2016, the company trades under the name Hermes Germany GmbH.