Brian HannaschPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hannasch joined the Corporation in 2001 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Couche-Tard in September 2014. Mr. Hannasch was previously Chief Operating Officer since 2010 and Senior Vice‑President, U.S. Operations from 2008 to 2010.
From 2004 to 2008, he was Senior Vice-President, Western North America and Vice‑President, Integration from 2003 to 2004. In 2001, he was appointed Vice‑President Operations, U.S. Midwest where he was responsible for all aspects of U.S. operations.
From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Hannasch was Vice‑President of Operations for Bigfoot Food Stores LLC, a 225 unit convenience store chain in the U.S. Midwest acquired by Couche-Tard. From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Hannasch was employed by BP Amoco in various positions of increasing responsibility. His last position with BP Amoco was Vice‑President of Marketing for the U.S. Midwest Business Unit.
Mr. Hannasch sits on the board of directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Retail since 2016 and was recognized as the CEO of the year by the Globe and Mail in 2016.
Mr. Hannasch holds a BA in Finance from Iowa State University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago.
Jean BernierGroup President, Global Fuels and Northeast Operations
Jean Bernier was appointed Group President Global Fuels and North-East Operations on March 15, 2016. He previously held the position of Group President Fuel Americas and Operations North East since July 30, 2012.
Mr. Bernier has over 25 years of experience in the convenience store, fuel and grocery store sectors of the retail industry. Prior to joining Couche-Tard, Mr. Bernier was Executive Vice President of Valero Energy Corporation as well as President of Ultramar Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of Valero where he was responsible for Valero’s retail operations as well as corporate functions of communications, supply chain management and information services. From 1996 to 2011, Mr. Bernier held various senior management roles with Ultramar Ltd, including Vice-President Retail Operations in 1998-1999 and President since 1999.
Prior to joining Ultramar Ltd, Mr. Bernier served for nine years in a variety of senior management positions at Provigo, Inc. and has previously held President, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer level positions.
Mr. Bernier holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Waterloo, Ontario as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the Université de Montréal.
Darrell DavisSenior Vice-President, Operations
Darrell Davis was appointed Senior Vice-President, Operations in May 2012. Previously, Mr. Davis had been Vice-President Operations, Florida since March 2011. He was previously Vice-President Operations, U.S. Midwest since December 2005.
Previously, he has served Couche-Tard as Director of Operations, and later as Director of Marketing within the U.S. Midwest business unit. Mr. Davis joined Couche-Tard in 2002 when it acquired Dairy Mart, where he held the position of Vice-President, Operations of such corporation. Mr. Davis began his career in the convenience store industry over 30 years ago.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Louisville.
Deborah Hall LefevreChief Information Officer
Deborah Hall Lefevre was appointed Chief Information Officer in April 2017. She has a vast expertise of almost 30 years in senior information technology leadership.
She began her career with Motorola in 1989 as Senior Manager, Information Technology and joined the McDonald’s Corporation in 2002, where she held several upper management positions in the Information Technology including Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Segment and Corporate Vice President, Global Enterprise, Solutions and Business Transformation.
Ms. Lefevre holds a bachelor’s degree in Science, Computer Information Processing from Southern Illinois University.
Geoffrey C. HaxelSenior Vice-President, Operations
Geoffrey C. Haxel was appointed Senior Vice-President, Operations in January 2011. He was formerly Vice-President, Operations, U.S. Arizona Region since December 2003. Mr. Haxel served in a variety of operations and marketing positions since joining Circle K in 1988.
Mr. Haxel began his career as a district manager trainee and also held the positions of sales manager, category manager and division manager. Prior to December 2003, Mr. Haxel served as Circle K’s Arizona Region Manager with responsibility for more than 600 sites in a four-state territory.
Mr. Haxel has completed coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Hans-Olav HøidahlExecutive Vice-President, Scandinavia
Hans-Olav Høidahl joined Couche-Tard in June 2012 when it acquired Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA and has held the position of Executive Vice-President, Scandinavia since October 1, 2010. He was formerly Vice President for Energy Europe in the Statoil Group since 2006.
He joined Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA in 1992 and has held a variety of positions including director for customer service in Norway, manager for regional sales in Scandinavia, sales director for Norway, country manager for energy in Norway and Vice President for energy operations.
Mr. Høidahl holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Norwegian School of Management.
Kevin A. LewisChief Marketing Officer
Kevin Lewis joined Alimentation Couche-Tard as Chief Marketing Officer in July, 2017 and is responsible for marketing, merchandising and category development activities worldwide.
Mr. Lewis has held multiple executive roles in digital and physical retail and technology companies across the globe. He was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at Total Wine & More. Previously, Kevin ran the digital, kiosk and subscription businesses while Senior Vice-President of Digital at Blockbuster Entertainment. From 2004 to 2008, Kevin was a member of the executive committee and Chief of Strategy and New Business for Philips Consumer Lifestyle, a division of Royal Philips Electronics.
Earlier in his career, Kevin held multiple leadership positions during a ten-year career at the Boston Consulting Group focusing on CPG, retail and technology clients worldwide.
Mr. Lewis is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Voltari, a real estate investment company.
Mr. Lewis holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD.
Jørn MadsenExecutive Vice-President, Central & Eastern Europe
Jørn Madsen joined Couche-Tard in June 2012 when it acquired Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA and has held the position of Executive Vice-President, Central & Eastern Europe since October 1, 2010. He was formerly Vice President for country operations in Statoil Energy & Retail ASA since 2007.
He joined Statoil in 1990 and held several management positions including Vice President for retail operations Europe, director of retail operations in Denmark, director of retail operations in the Baltic countries, director of category management in the Baltic countries, regional manager of retail operations in Denmark, and controller in Denmark.
Mr. Madsen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Copenhagen Business School.
Alex MillerSenior Vice President, Global Fuels
Alex Miller was appointed Senior Vice-President, Global Fuels in February 2016, prior to that he held the position of Vice-President, Fuel since October 2012. Mr. Miller joined Couche-Tard in January, 2012, as Director of Fuels, Real Estate and Facilities.
Prior to, he was with BP Plc. for 16 years in a variety of operational, supply, business development, and strategy roles in the US and Europe.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Jacob SchramGroup President, European Operations
Jacob Schram was appointed Group President, European Operations in June, 2012. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer for Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA from October 1st, 2010. He joined Statoil in 1996 and held various management positions including country manager of Statoil Retail Norway from 1999 to 2004 and Senior Vice President Statoil Energy & Retail Europe from 2004 to 2006.
From 2006 to 2010 he held the position as Senior Vice President for Statoil Energy & Retail Europe. Prior to joining Statoil, Mr. Schram was head of marketing and public relations for McDonalds Norway AS and a consultant and project manager at McKinsey & Company in Copenhagen. Furthermore, Mr. Schram has held several board member assignments within Statoil and external companies, including Møller Bil and KID Interiør.
He holds a Master of Science in economics (siviløkonom) as well as an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.
Ina StrandChief Human Resources Officer
Ina Strand holds the Chief Human Resources Officer position since April 2017. Ms. Strand was previously Senior Vice-President of Special Projects since 2014, working on many global projects, including the development and introduction of the new global Circle K brand.
Ms. Strand joined Statoil Retail Norway AS in 2003 as a People Development manager, and was later appointed Human Resources Director, Customer Offer Director and deputy Vice-President of Operations in Norway before she joined Statoil Fuel & Retail’s Executive leadership team as Executive Vice President of Market Development when the company was publicly listed October 1st, 2010. After the acquisition by Couche-Tard, Ms. Strand held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Europe until 2014. Prior to joining Statoil, Ms. Strand worked five years as analyst, consultant and project manager at the Norwegian office of UK based PA Consulting Group.
Ms. Strand holds a Master of Science degree in industrial economics and technology management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.
Claude TessierChief Financial Officer
Claude Tessier joined Couche-Tard as Chief Financial Officer on January 28, 2016. Prior to joining Couche‑Tard, Mr. Tessier held the position of President of the IGA Operations Business Unit at Sobeys Inc. from 2012 to 2016 and was a member of Sobeys Inc. Executive Committee.
He joined the management team of Sobeys Quebec Inc. in 2003 as Senior Vice President, Finance & Strategic Planning. Mr. Tessier has spent most of his professional career in the Food industry after serving in several finance positions. Prior to his position with Sobeys Inc., Mr. Tessier gained more than 15 years of experience in senior financial leadership positions with Fly Furniture, Provigo and Costco, including in CFO and Vice President roles. He has also held management positions in Mallette International and PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand).
Furthermore, he has been involved with various social and community organizations, most notably the Fondation Charles‑Bruneau. He also participated in the fundraising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec.
Mr. Tessier holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1986) and has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987.
Dennis TewellSenior Vice-President, Operations
Dennis Tewell was appointed Senior Vice-President, Operations in June 2013. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Tewell held the position of Vice-President, Worldwide Franchise as he joined Couche‑Tard in January 2011.
In 1978, Mr. Tewell began his convenience industry career with Conna Corporation. He has served companies in the U.S. and the UK in a variety of marketing and operations positions, such as Conna Corporation, BP Oil (London, England), Dairy Mart, Swifty Services and recently at CVS/Caremark. These positions include Director of Franchising, Regional Director of Operations and Strategic Planning Coordinator, Vice-President of Operations, Vice-President of Franchising, Business Development, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Area Vice-President.
Mr. Tewell holds a MBA and a BA in Accounting from the Bellarmine University in Kentucky.