Klapproth named CEO of Hansgrohe

28 Oct, 14

Former BSH man, Klapproth leads Hansgrohe

Hansgrohe has appointed Thorsten Klapproth to the role of CEO Hansgrohe, taking over from Siegfried Gaensslen who has stepped down.

Prior to joining Hansgrohe, Thorsten Klapproth led Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) for 10 years.

Klapproth has also held management positions in sales and marketing at Siemens, as well as at BSH. In 1996, he joined Gaggenau and in 1998 he was elected chairman of the executive board. In this position he was responsible for global sales, marketing and business development. He eventually integrated the company into BSH.

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Klaus Grohe, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hansgrohe commented: “By bringing Thorsten Klapproth on board, we have been able to enlist a highly qualified CEO with long-standing and successful expertise in managing and developing top international companies. He will use this experience to the benefit of the company and the employees alike, and continue to consolidate Hansgrohe’s position.”

He added: “Siegfried Gaensslen deserves our very special thanks. His vision, his entrepreneurial skills, and his passion and commitment to Hansgrohe have been largely responsible for establishing our company as one of the industry’s few global players.”

Siegfried Gaensslen had been with Hansgrohe SE for twenty years, with more than six as the company’s CEO. He will advise Keith Allman, CEO of the Masco Corporation on the conglomerate’s strategic orientation as International Executive Advisor until May 2015.

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