New organizational structure equips Heidelberger Druckmaschinen
AG for the future
Following the most successful fiscal year in its history,
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is restructuring its
organization. Group sales have doubled over the last five years and
the company now boasts the most comprehensive range of products in
the entire industry. With the focus now firmly on the customer,
Heidelberg is also looking to shape its organization more
efficiently so as to be able to address new challenges and continue
to achieve double-figure growth in the future.
The world market leader, acknowledged throughout the industry
as a comprehensive solution provider, is looking to rigorously
develop this approach further and place the customer even more
squarely at the focus of its activities. In line with this
strategy, the new organization will no longer feature Business
Units, but instead market and customer-oriented Solution Centers.
The highly successful positioning of the "Heidelberg"
brand over the past few years is being taken into account through
the company's "one face to the customer" approach. In
future, Heidelberg's customers will have just one point of
contact, regardless of which solution they require. Seven Market
Centers offer local support to customers. The new organizational
structure will be fully implemented by mid-October 2001.
Under the terms of the reorganization strategy, Heidelberg is
placing the sales organizations in Germany, France and the Eastern
Europe region under new management with immediate effect. There
will also be a change at the head of the Finishing and Web
Marcel Kiessling (40), former Manager of the Direct Imaging
Business Unit, took over responsibility for the company's
German sales company in Heidelberg from Herbert Roeper (59) at the
start of June. Mr. Roeper will support the company as a consultant.
Thomas Doliwa (47), formerly responsible for the Prepress
Business Unit, is the new Head of the Heidelberg sales organization
in France. Mr. Jean-Jacques Monge, who held the post until Mr.
Doliwa's appointment, will be taking up a new position outside
the Heidelberg Group. Herbert Kenn (60) will be in charge of the
Product Unit Prepress.
The new Manager of the Finishing Business Unit will be Dr.
Jürgen Rautert (43), previously responsible for sheetfed
offset operations. His predecessor Dr. Wilhelm Neubauer (54) left
the company at the end of May. Dr. Neubauer joined the company on
January 1, 1999, when Heidelberg took over the Stahl Group in
Ludwigsburg. Since that date, he has been in charge of development
activities and operations within the Finishing Business Unit.
An equally smooth management changeover is taking place in
the Web Offset Business Unit in Dover (USA), where Werner Albrecht
(53), previously responsible for the Eastern Europe region, has
stepped into the role of Manager. The former Manager of the Web
Offset Business Unit, Bob Brown (45), will be giving his successor
support and advice up until the year end, when he will be moving on
to new career challenges.
Werner Albrecht's successor as Manager of the Eastern
Europe region will be his former deputy Michael Outschar (38).
For further information:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Peter Caspar Hamel
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 60
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 69