Change of leadership for the Hoyer Group

Björn Schniederkötter will take over the position of CEO of the Hoyer Group with effect as of 1 February 2021. He replaces Ortwin Nast, who has decided to end his work as CEO and to retire from professional life after more than 14 successful years. Mr Schniederkötter, together with Gerd Peters, CFO, will in future form the executive board of the logistics company headquartered in Hamburg.

Björn Schniederkötter held various management positions in the Nagel Group. The qualified freight forwarding merchant began his career in 1996 by training in the family business, which specialises in foodstuffs logistics. This was followed by various posts with management responsibility in Germany and abroad, before he was appointed as chief operating officer on the board of directors of the Nagel Group in 2014. In this function, he was responsible for the German and foreign associated companies, among other things, and acted as deputy for the CEO.

Giving reasons for the personnel decision, Thomas Hoyer, advisory board chairman of the Hoyer Group, says: “Not only do we have confidence in Mr Schniederkötter’s specialist know-how but also, in our intensive discussions, we have formed the impression that he both understands the requirements that Hoyer, as a family-run business expects of a CEO, and will put them into practice.” As Schniederkötter explains: “HOYER is a highly specialised logistics company with an international reputation. It combines clear value concepts with exacting standards regarding the quality and safety of its services. This combination is something special.”

A change in leadership is not the only change for the logistics company this year. As of 1 January 2021, Hoyer Group has combined its Petrolog and Gaslog business units under one roof. Known as the ‘Contract Division’, it unifies contract logistics for gas and mineral oil supplies. Combining the highly specialised areas will develop synergies, especially at the organisational structural level. The newly-established business unit has about 1,500 special trucks and the expertise of around 3,500 employees at its disposal.

Allan Davison, who took over as contract division director at the start of the year, explains:

“It not only enables us to develop synergies, but also already positions us to effectively and proactively meet the challenge of the energy transition in the next five to ten years – away from petrol and diesel and towards alternative fuels such as hydrogen and LNG.” The combination of its know-how in handling gases with its soundly based experience of digital, system-supported supplies to service stations will enable Hoyer to offer forward-looking product inventory management and supply logistics from a single source in the future. Furthermore, bitumen logistics, aircraft refuelling and, in gas logistics, supplies to industrial customers will remain in their customary quality.