Rainer Hundsdörfer takes over Heidelberg reins

Heidelberg has appointed Rainer Hundsdörfer (59) as its new CEO, following the earlier decision by the current CEO, Dr Gerold Linzbach, to move on to a new challenge rather than renewing his contract. Heidelberg has also made a couple of other changes to its management board.

Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski, Chairman of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board paid tribute to Linzbach, saying: “We sincerely thank Gerold Linzbach for successfully turning around the company. Heidelberg is well on track.”

However, he went on to add: “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.”

After graduating in business engineering, Hundsdörfer started work for Trumpf in Ditzingen and performed various managerial roles abroad. After this, he was appointed CEO of Weinig AG, a machines and systems manufacturer for timber processing based in Tauberbischofsheim in Baden-Württemberg. Most recently he chaired the management board of Ebm-papst, a major manufacturer of fans and motors. Hundsdörfer will take over at Heidelberg later this month on 14th November.

The company has also appointed Dr. Ulrich Hermann (49) as a regular member of the management board. He is an expert in digitization and qualified to help oversee Heidelberg’s ongoing digital transformation. Jaschinski explained: “Dr. Hermann has been successful in realigning conventional business models throughout his career. Heidelberg will benefit from his experience in the future.”

Harald Weimer, the board member responsible for Heidelberg Services, will be stepping down at his own request. Meanwhile, Heidelberg has extended Stephan Plenz’s Management Board contract for a further three years.


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