GERMANY: Bitzer has appointed Christian Wehrle as CEO and chairman of the executive board, the first person to take the role since the death of owner Peter Schaufler in 2015.
A long-standing member of its executive board and COO, Christian Wehrle joined the company in 2001 as plant manager, first in Sindelfingen and, as of 2003, in Rottenburg am Neckar in the international competence centre for screw compressors. In 2007 he took over the management of the Bitzer production sites worldwide as chief production officer. Since mid 2015 he has been in charge of the entire supply chain of the Group as chief operations officer.
Fellow executive board member and chief technology officer Rainer Große-Kracht has been appointed vice chairman.
The responsibilities of the company’s other executive board are Martin Büchsel as chief sales and marketing officer and Frank Hartmann as chief financial officer.
As chief technology officer Rainer Große-Kracht is responsible for research and development worldwide. The studied mechanical engineer with over two decades of experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry has been working for Bitzer since 1997. In 2018, he was elected chairman of the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers (ASERCOM).
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