Dr Hugo Blaum

GERMANY: Ansgar Hoffmann is to take over from Dr Hugo Blaum as head of GEA’s DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) & Eastern Europe Region from Dr Hugo Blaum, who is retiring.

Hoffmann, who was previously responsible for GEA’s North & Central Europe Region, assumes the new role on February 1.

Ann Cuylaerts, previously head of GEA France and GEA Maghreb, will replace Hoffmann as regional head of North & Central Europe.

In their new roles, Ann Cuylaerts and Ansgar Hoffmann will be reporting directly to GEA chairman Jürg Oleas.

After spending several years as a consultant, Hoffmann, a German national who has a degree in business IT, joined GEA in 2003 and has held various management functions during that time, including the position of a managing director inside the former GEA Heat Exchangers division.

Cuylaerts, a Belgian national, has been with GEA since 1994. She started her career in Belgium as a sales engineer and, like Ansgar Hoffmann, has held a variety of management functions, mainly in the field of mechanical separation.

Wishing Hugo Blaum a happy retirement, chairman Jürg Oleas thanked him for his long and successful years of service for GEA. “Over the last 15 years, his excellent technical know-how and outstanding leadership style have endeared him to staff and management alike and helped to sustain positive business growth,” he said.