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15th June 2018
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Hansgrohe bolsters growth
Hansgrohe Group is strengthening its management team and increasing its focus on key areas that will fortify sales and sales-related functions - the cornerstones of the company's growth strategy. As of 1st January 2018, the Hansgrohe SE Executive Board will include two members responsible for sales as well as a chief financial officer as of 1 October 2017.
All European sales, including Germany, will now be bundled into one area of management headed by Christophe Gourlan (pictured), who up until now has been vice president sales Europe. Born in France and a graduate in international commerce, he has already spent some 20 years working successfully for the Hansgrohe Group.
Another sales expert, Hans-Ju?rgen Kalmbach, will be responsible for international sales within the board. A business graduate, he has also had a successful career at Hansgrohe for about 20 years, his most recent position being vice president sales Asia Pacific.
"The wishes and needs of our international customers sometimes differ significantly from the requirements and demands of our European customers," says chairman of the supervisory board, Klaus F. Jaenecke, explaining the division of the two new areas of management.
The new chief financial officer, Reinhard Mayer, is a business and engineering graduate who for the last 15 years, has held various management positions in the publicly listed Swedish Getinge Group, most recently as chief financial officer (CFO) at the company's
headquarters in Gothenburg.
Frank Schnatz, whose contract has been extended by the Supervisory Board, will continue to be a member of the board responsible for product development, production and quality management, while Frank Semling continues to be labour director responsible for supply chain management and services.
Thorsten Klapproth retains his position as chairman of the board.
"The entire Supervisory Board looks forward to continuing our constructive work with the Executive Board and to collaborating in a spirit of trust and mutual respect," says Klaus F. Jaenecke. "As part of Hansgrohe's growth strategy, focussing - be it on our customers, innovative products or geographic regions - plays a decisive role. Now, more than ever before, our customers will be the focus of our efforts. Together with our highly dedicated members of staff, we will continue the success story of the Hansgrohe Group into the future."
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