Starting February 1, 2020, Thomas Hartkämper is the new CEO of Kautex Maschinenbau. He is taking over from Dr. Olaf Weiland, who has had significant influence on the development of the company since 2005. Going forward, Hartkämper is responsible for the areas of operations, research & development, and digitalization. Weiland, who is also a shareholder in Kautex Maschinenbau, is joining the advisory board, which is the controlling body of the company.
Weiland brought Thomas Hartkämper into the company in October 2019 as the preferred candidate to be his successor and initially entrusted him with responsibility for operations. The former CEO had put a succession plan into place four years ago, working in consultation with all members of management. His 50-year-old successor is an expert in change management and organizational development. Hartkämper champions a forward-looking approach to business operations, to ensure they are consistently aligned with customer requirements. Prior to joining Kautex, he had an active role for many years in managing various companies that operate internationally in mechanical engineering and plant engineering. He also has extensive experience in the plastics industry.
Weiland himself is retiring from day-to-day operational business, for reasons of age. As a member of the advisory board, he will continue supporting the development of the company that he has guided for more than 15 years. Kautex Maschinenbau has seen massive sales growth under his leadership. With his keen sense of future market developments and his strategic skill, Weiland was able to drive forward the internationalization of the company and its transition from an automotive to a packaging-focused company at an early stage.
Effective January 1st, 2020, the KROHNE Group (Ludwig Krohne GmbH & Co. KG) is appointing a new Chairman of the Advisory Board and a changed Executive Board. The changes herald a generational change in the family-run company and ensure that the KROHNE Group will continue to be successfully positioned to meet the challenges of the market in the future.
After almost 40 years as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the KROHNE Group, Prof. Dr. Rolf Theenhaus retires. The Advisory Board and all employees thank Rolf Theenhaus for his commitment and creative capabilities, with which he has continuously introduced and promoted innovations and new business areas for KROHNE.
Michael Rademacher-Dubbick, who has successfully led the KROHNE Group for over 25 years as managing shareholder, is the new chairman of the advisory board. With this step, he underlines the constant and close connection of the owner family with the company and its activities.
Dr. Attila Bilgic is the new Chief Executive Officer and Speaker of KROHNE Group’s executive board. He has been on the Board since 2017 and has been Chief Technical Officer for KROHNE since 2009. Dr. Bilgic is responsible for the areas of research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management. Stephan Neuburger, member of the Management Board since 1999, will drive growth in new business areas as Chief Business Development Officer.
Effective January 1st, 2020 Ingo Wald and Ansgar Hoffmann are newly appointed to the executive board. As Chief Financial Officer, Ingo Wald heads the finance and human resources departments. He has been Managing Director for KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH since 2006 and will continue to hold this position in parallel to his executive board activities for the KROHNE Group. As the fourth board member, Ansgar Hoffmann takes over responsibility for sales of the KROHNE Group as Chief Sales Officer and will also be responsible for IT. Ansgar Hoffmann changed from GEA Group to KROHNE and has many years of experience in leading positions, particularly in sales, most recently as Executive Vice President DACH Eastern Europe.