Austrian transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss recently announced that Wolfgang Niessner will retire from his post of CEO at the end of the year. The 63-year-old has headed up the company since 2005 and his career has been crowned with huge success.
Caspar Einem said about Mr. Niessner, “Wolfgang Niessner has developed Gebrüder Weiss in every sense,” says Caspar Einem, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Gebrüder Weiss. “His era has been characterized by consistent professionalization and intelligent expansion.” Under his leadership, the company – whose roots date back to the 15th century – has nearly doubled in scale in many of its areas. In 2004, Gebrüder Weiss had a turnover of 700 million euros, but today that figure is 1.55 billion. Its locations have increased in number from 102 to 150. The number of employees has grown from about 3,000 to over 7,000 people. “Wolfgang Niessner has proved himself to be an entirely worthy successor to Heidi and Paul Senger-Weiss and is passing on a company that is in excellent shape and that presents itself worldwide as a quality provider for all aspects of logistics. With its range of services and its strong team spirit, the company is in a position so that it is absolutely fit for the future. The Supervisory Board and all the employees of Gebrüder Weiss owe Wolfgang Niessner a huge debt of gratitude for his outstanding achievements.”
Although Mr. Niessner will leave his role CEO and Member of the Management Board for the land transport division he is expected to join the Supervisory Board of Gebrüder Weiss in 2019.
Wolfram Senger-Weiss will replace Mr. Niessner as CEO in January next year. Mr. Senger-Weiss has sat on the management board since 2005 overseeing finance, law, purchasing, investments, HSEQ, internal audit and M&A.
Caspar Einem said, “Wolfram Senger-Weiss was involved in all the key strategic initiatives at the company throughout the Niessner era. We are confident that Mr. Senger-Weiss will lead this company through the numerous challenges of our times and secure Gebrüder Weiss a permanent place among the world’s foremost logistics companies.”
Due to the departure of Mr. Niessner, the Management Board will undergo restructure as Jurgen Bauer will be promoted to the board from his role of Regional Manager East. Peter Kloiber will continue in his role with key specialist areas of IT services, human resources development, brand management & communication, logistics and research & development, while Heinz Senger-Weiss will oversee sales and customs for their Air & Sea divisions.
“Overall, the Supervisory Board is very satisfied with how the company is progressing, So we are delighted that, from next year, there will still be four experienced managers on the Management Board who have contributed a great deal to the company’s success in recent years and have long since proven just how important it is to them to preserve the very special working environment here, described by many as the ‘Orange Family’.”