Personnel Decisions Ensure Continuity for the Future Following Takeover of the Hornschuch Group
Monday, 03. April 2017
• Dr. Dirk Leiß takes over as Chairman of the Executive Board of Benecke-Kaliko AG
• Dr. Hans-Hinrich Kruse newly appointed to the Benecke-Kaliko AG Executive Board
• Roger H. Liebel named new Chairman of the Executive Board of Konrad Hornschuch AG
Hanover/Weißbach, April 3, 2017. The takeover of the Hornschuch Group has resulted in a number of personnel changes to the management teams of Benecke-Kaliko AG and Konrad Hornschuch AG. The company is focusing on continuity with its personnel choices and ensuring that it is well-equipped for future challenges with its new management team. Dr. Hans-Hinrich Kruse (61), formerly the Chairman of the Executive Board of Konrad Hornschuch AG, was appointed to the Benecke-Kaliko AG Executive Board on March 1, 2017, to sit alongside new Chairman of the Executive Board Dr. Dirk Leiß (53). At the same time, Kruse is stepping down as Chairman of the Executive Board of Konrad Hornschuch AG and handing the role over to Roger H. Liebel (53), who has been the company’s CFO since 2013. Liebel will occupy the position of Chairman of the Executive Board of Konrad Hornschuch AG going forward and support the company’s integration with Benecke-Kaliko.
Leiß has headed the Benecke-Kaliko business unit – a business unit of ContiTech AG headquartered in Hanover – since July 2004. Leiß, who has a doctorate in chemistry, started working for the surface specialist as a material developer in 1992 and has held a number of management roles, including product development team leader and manager of the Eislingen plant.
Kruse has a doctorate in chemistry and most recently held the offices of Chairman of the Executive Board and COO. He successfully managed the transformation of what was once a mid-sized company into the Hornschuch Group. In 2013, Kruse took over as Chairman of the four-man Executive Board and was named CEO, thereby assuming responsibility for Konrad Hornschuch AG and the Hornschuch Group.
Liebel, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, has been working for Konrad Hornschuch AG since 1998 and has previously held a number of management positions for companies in the automotive and building materials industries. Since 2001, he has been responsible for the company’s finances and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2013 together with two other managers.
Dr. Dirk Leiß was named Chairman of the Executive Board of Benecke-Kaliko AG on March 1, 2017.
Dr. Hans-Hinrich Kruse was appointed to the Benecke-Kaliko AG Executive Board effective from March 1, 2017.
Roger H. Liebel has taken over as Chairman of the Executive Board of Konrad Hornschuch AG.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2016, the corporation generated sales of €40.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 220,000 people in 56 countries.
As a division in the Continental Corporation, ContiTech is one of the world's leading industrial specialists. Its customers can be found in key industries such as machine and plant engineering, mining, the agricultural industry, and the automotive industry. With around 43,000 employees in 44 countries, the company uses its development and material expertise for products and systems made of rubber, polyamide, metal, textile, and electronic components to combine these with individual services. ContiTech always thinks in terms of customer-friendly and environmentally-friendly solutions – going well and truly beyond its roots as a producer of rubber products. With sales of approximately €5.5 billion (2016), this international technology partner is active with core branches in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
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