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jacob schram

May 29, 2018

Jacob Schram leaves Circle K

Alimentation Couche-Tard (“Couche-Tard”) announced on 29 June the departure of Jacob Schram, in his role as Group President of European Operations. He will stay on board until the end of June 2018, therefore dedicating the needed time for a smooth transition of all ongoing business.

“I would like to thank Jacob for his contributions over the past 22 years. Jacob is a futuristic thinker and a strategist who has contributed tremendously to the business. The executive team and I, as well as his peers in Europe, are sad to see him leave, but respectful of this outcome. We wish him the best in his next endeavors,” announced Brian Hannasch, Chief Executive Officer at Couche-Tard.

“It has been a tremendous journey and privilege for me to lead European operations for such an important company in the retail industry, worldwide. We move on as friends, and I am very proud to have built a strong and successful business and team of leaders in Europe,” said Jacob Schram.

A Successful Journey
Jacob Schram joined Statoil Retail Norway in 1996, where he led the company through the establishment of Statoil Retail Europe, the Energy & Retail merger and the IPO of Statoil Fuel & Retail in 2010. Since the acquisition by Couche-Tard in 2011, he oversaw all operations in nine European markets, including a highly talented team of professionals.

Jacob was the driving force behind the Circle K global branding strategy launched in 2015 which has known great success in European markets.

Succession Plan
We are pleased to announce that Hans-Olav Høidahl and Jørn Madsen, both Executive Vice-Presidents of Operations in their respective markets, will continue to sit on the Executive Committee and will now report directly to Brian Hannasch. In addition to his present role, Hans-Olav will have the responsibility of leading the teams who support the European Business Units. In this role, he will also oversee all strategic activities in Europe, therefore ensuring continued business development in alignment with the company’s plans.

Both leaders were part of the executive team which established the IPO of Statoil Fuel & Retail and later the integration with Couche-Tard. They have each been at the heart of great success within the company, leading the successful acquisitions and integration of Shell in Denmark, and Topaz in Ireland.

“Following this management change, our mission and strategy remain the same. We will develop to serve our customers better now and in the future, to make it easy“  says Brian Hannasch.


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