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New CEO will take Heidelberg digital

Friday, 28 October 2016
By Jake Nelson

Rainer Hundsdörfer, new CEO of Heidelberg.

Heidelberg has reorganised its management board, appointing Rainer Hundsdörfer as its new CEO and Dr Ulrich Hermann as a regular member.

Industry expert Hundsdörfer, fresh from his role as Chairman of the Board at fan and motor manufacturer ebm-papst, will replace outgoing CEO Gerold Linzbach on November 14.

“We sincerely thank Gerold Linzbach for successfully turning around the company. Heidelberg is well on track,” said Dr Siegfried Jaschinski, Chairman of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board. “We are delighted to have gained an internationally experienced leadership personality in Rainer Hundsdörfer to drive forward the reorientation of the company. Mr. Hundsdörfer has acquired many years of specialist expertise with global technology leaders that will help pave the way forward to a successful digital future at Heidelberg.”

Under Hundsdörfer’s leadership, Heidelberg will focus on expanding digital business models. “Heidelberg is moving toward customer-focused technology and services in what is a changed market environment,” Hundsdörfer said. “We now need to make solid use of the opportunities digitisation presents for profitable growth.”

As part of this focus, Heidelberg also appointed digitisation expert and former Wolters Kluwer Germany CEO Dr Ulrich Hermann to the board as a regular member. “Dr. Hermann has been successful in realigning conventional business models throughout his career,” said Dr Jaschinski. “Heidelberg will benefit from his experience in the future.”

New Heidelberg board member Dr Ulrich Hermann.

Hermann will replace board member Harald Weimer, responsible for Heidelberg Services, who is stepping down on November 13.

The Heidelberg Management Board, as of November 14, will consist of:

Mr. Rainer Hundsdörfer (59), Chairman of the Management Board
Mr. Dirk Kaliebe (50), Member of the Management Board
Mr. Stephan Plenz (51), Member of the Management Board
Dr. Ulrich Hermann (49), Member of the Management Board

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