Since 2005, Wolfgang Niessner (63) has headed the international logistics company Gebrüder Weiss. Now, at the end of this year, a career that has been crowned with huge success will be completed – at least from an operational point of view. As the company’s Supervisory Board has announced on May 14th, Wolfgang Niessner will retire as planned with effect from 31st of December 2018. It is expected that Wolfgang Niessner will join the Supervisory Board of Gebrüder Weiss next year and as a consequence will continue to be part of the company.
From January 2019, Wolfram Senger-Weiss will take overall responsibility for the fortunes of the international logistics company. Wolfram Senger-Weiss has been a Member of the Management Board at Gebrüder Weiss since 2005, with responsibility for finance, law, purchasing, investments, HSEQ, internal audit and M&A. Wolfram Senger-Weiss was involved in all the key strategic initiatives at the company throughout the Niessner era. He has been President of the Austrian Association for Freight Forwarding & Logistics since 2012 and in that role also stands up for Austria as a location for logistics.
Following the departure of Wolfgang Niessner, responsibility for land transport on the Management Board will be restructured. Jürgen Bauer (48), the long-standing Regional Manager East at Gebrüder Weiss, is promoted to the Management Board within the same business area. Besides CEP and new business, Peter Kloiber continues to be responsible for the key specialist areas of IT services, human resources development, brand management & communication, logistics and research & development. Heinz Senger-Weiss is in charge of Air & Sea, sales and customs.
“Wolfgang Niessner has developed Gebrüder Weiss in every sense,” says Caspar Einem, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Gebrüder Weiss. “His era has been characterised by consistent professionalism 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 EUR 700 million, but today that figure is EUR 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.