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Gebrüder Weiss: CEO Wolfgang Niessner is “Top Non-Family Director of the Year“

Moreover, Gebrüder Weiss belongs to the five best European companies in the category “Top Family Businesses“

Lauterach/Amsterdam, 18 July 2012. The business magazine CampdenFB has selected Wolfgang Niessner, Gebrüder Weiss Chief Executive Officer, as “Top Non-Family Director of the Year” within the course of the “European Families in Business Awards”. The jury looked for an “exceptional director, who proves exemplary entrepreneurial as well as managerial abilities and adheres to principles and culture, which are highly relevant for the success of the company”. As the decision between the nominees was very close, the 5-person jury of well-known international members of the economic and research community selected Hartmut Jenner (cleaning machine manufacturer Kärcher) parallel to Wolfgang Niessner to receive the award. At the award ceremony in Amsterdam, Elisabeth Krainer Senger-Weiss, Gebrüder Weiss partner and professionally engaged in the field of family businesses, accepted the prize on behalf of Wolfgang Niessner.

Wolfgang Niessner in his words of thanks delivered by Elisabeth Krainer Senger-Weiss, “I accept this award for our entire company, as the support of partners as well as the “orange team” was vital for the positive development. I also see recognition for the whole logistics industry in the award.”

Moreover, Gebrüder Weiss managed to be selected into the top five companies in the category “Top Family Businesses”. Also nominated were De’Longhi, Ottobock, the Hermès Group as well as the Lego Group. Ottobock – prosthetics and wheelchair manufacturer – won the prize.

“The winners of the inaugural ‘European Families in Business Awards’ are at the vanguard of businesses in Europe, adhering to the best practices in family business governance and stewardship,” said David Bain, Editorial Director of Campden Wealth. “They have also achieved, or have been behind achieving, stellar results over much of the last few years. Indeed, they provide a role model for family businesses and non-family businesses alike.”

The magazine CampdenFB has awarded the “European Families in Business Awards” in cooperation with the Société Générale – one of the most important commercial banks in France – for the first time this year. The award ceremony took place within the course of the 9th European Families in Business Conference in Amsterdam.

About Gebrüder
Weiss With over 4,650 employees, 158 company-owned locations and an annual turnover of over one billion euros in 2011, Gebrüder Weiss ranks among the leading transport and logistics companies in Europe. In addition to its core business of overland transport, air & sea freight and logistics, the company also operates a number of highly specialised industry solutions and subsidiaries under the umbrella of Gebrüder Weiss Holding AG, based in Lauterach (Vorarlberg, Austria). This includes logistics consultancy firm x|vise, tectraxx (industry specialist for hi-tech businesses), inet-logistics (software solutions for TMS transport management), Railcargo (railway transport) and the Gebrüder Weiss parcel service, GWP, a shareholder in Austrian firm DPD. This bundling of services allows the Group to respond to customer needs quickly and flexibly. Having implemented a variety of ecological, economic and social initiatives, the company, which is still family-owned and has a history going back 500 years, is considered a pioneer in terms of sustainable business.

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