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Executive Board reorganizes

Hansgrohe SE will be structuring the Executive Board in four functions in the future
Schiltach, September 2019. Despite a weakening global economy, the Hansgrohe Group is aiming for moderate growth in sales for the current financial year. This goal is achieved by strengthening and expanding the core business of Hansgrohe with innovative new products. An essential element here is the focus on the requirements and wishes of customers worldwide.

Focusing always means questioning what is existing and adapting it to current requirements. With the aim of making the business processes more efficient and agile, the Hansgrohe Group is also systematically adapting its structures to its corporate strategy.

In the future, four Executive Board departments

The company is reorganizing its responsibilities and functions, reducing the number of executive board positions from five to four. The technology function will be omitted as an independent board department. Chief Technology Officer Frank Schnatz therefore leaves the company on Oct 31, 2019.

Frank Schnatz (46) was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Hansgrohe SE in 2014. Before that, he headed WMF's production facilities for the table and kitchen business and was Managing Director of the WMF brand subsidiary Silit. At Hansgrohe, Frank Schnatz played a decisive role in the expansion of the national and international production sites, through which the Black Forest bath and sanitary specialist has significantly increased both its production capacities and the flexibility of its production processes in recent years. "Frank Schnatz has made a significant contribution to the successful expansion of Hansgrohe over the past few years. Without the development of our worldwide production sites, we would not have been able to meet our customer requirements on a current scale. I thank him for this performance not only personally, but also on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, "said Klaus F. Jaenecke, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hansgrohe SE. "With the consistently focused management structure, we will continue our successful growth strategy for the benefit of our customers, our employees and our partners," continues Jaenecke.

Clear allocation in Innovation & Marketing, Sales, Finance and Operations

In addition to the Chairman of the Executive Board, Hans Jürgen Kalmbach (44), Vice Chairman Reinhard Mayer (52), Christophe Gourlan (47) and Frank Semling (52) continue to form the four-member Executive Board of Hansgrohe SE. Operations functions such as purchasing, production, logistics and HR are bundled in Frank Semling's department, Christophe Gourlan is responsible for worldwide sales, Reinhard Mayer as CFO is responsible for Finance, Controlling and M&A, and Hans Jürgen Kalmbach focuses primarily on CEO activities as strategy development, innovations and the development of the product portfolio as well as marketing. This reorganization of the Executive Board departments not only ensures stronger focus, it also promotes transparency and cooperation within the Hansgrohe Group.

About the Hansgrohe Group – the Original from the Black Forest

With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach/Southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, design and quality within the bath and kitchen industry. The Hansgrohe Group brings form and function to water with taps, showerheads and shower systems. The 118-year history of the company is marked by innovations such as the first hand-held shower with multiple spray types, the first pull-out kitchen tap, and the first wall bar to hold a hand-held shower. The company holds more than 15,000 active property rights. The Hansgrohe Group stands for long-lasting quality products. With 33 subsidiaries and 22 sales offices supplying products in more than 140 countries, the company is a reliable partner to its customers around the world. The Hansgrohe Group, its brands and products have won numerous awards, including more than 600 design prizes since 1974. Sustainable production of resource-conserving products is central to the company’s business activities around the globe. The products of the Hansgrohe Group are featured in projects around the world, such as the luxurious ocean liner Queen Mary 2, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The Group’s high quality standards are ensured by five wholly-owned production facilities: two in Germany, one each in France, the United States and China. In 2018, the Hansgrohe Group generated a turnover of EUR 1.081 billion. It employs more than 4,700 people worldwide, about 60 percent of whom work in Germany.


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