Franke CEO steps down

CEO of Franke Patrik Wohlhauser

Alexander Zchokke succeeded by Patrik Wohlhauser

CEO of Franke Group Alexander Zschokke has left Franke due to different opinions about the development of the company, and has been succeeded by Patrik Wohlhauser.

Schokke had been CEO of Franke since January 2013 and under his leadership, the group has been realigned over the past five years.

Patrik Wohlhauser was previously CEO of Wittur Holding, a manufacturer and supplier of elevator components. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in management roles at German chemical business Evonik, including the position of chief operating officer.

Wohlhauser has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Owner and CEO of the Artemis Group, parent company of Franke, Michael Pieper commented: “We thank alexander Zschokke for his excellent work and for remaining in his role until we found a successor. We are pleased to welcome Patrik Wohlhauser as our new CEO.

“Today Franke is well positioned and we believe that under his leadership the company can develop quickly and successfully as well as further increase its profitability. With Patrik Wohlhauser’s broad and extensive experience in international and operational management, he has a proven track record of success. He is also an effective leader with strong financial operational and sales skills – ideal qualities to accelerate the Group’s profitable growth.”

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