Guido Hanel appointed new Chairman of the Management Board of Kiekert AG
06/28/2018 Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus The supervisory board of Kiekert AG, the technology leader in automotive locking systems, has agreed changes to the Kiekert management board effective July 1, 2018 and reduced the board from three members to two. Dr. Guido Hanel (50) has been appointed as new Chairman of the Management Board. He follows Dr. Karl Krause, under whose leadership the long-established company developed to become a global automotive supplier and who will leave Kiekert at the end of the month. Guido Hanel has held senior positions at Kiekert since 2006. He was appointed to the management board in September 2017 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to that, Hanel served as Executive Vice President for Program, Planning and Quality. He began his career at Kiekert in Works, Fabrication and Production Planning with subsequent roles including that of General Manager of Kiekert’s largest plant in Czech Republic. Hanel also garnered experience in a management function serving as General Manager of the Stahlwille Group in Wuppertal, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and received his doctorate (PhD) at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL). Hanel is married with one child.
Successful company development under Karl Krause over the last eleven years
The supervisory board commended the success of outgoing Chairman of the Management Board Karl Krause. It thanked him for his long and successful leadership of Kiekert, particularly in respect of the company’s far-reaching globalization. Karl Krause was appointed Chairman of the Management Board in 2007 and successfully restructured Kiekert with a new growth strategy. His period in office included the expansion of the product portfolio to become a system supplier and the resulting strengthening of the company’s success. Kiekert has been part of the Chinese Lingyun Group since 2012. The deal was one of the first major M&A transactions in Germany by Chinese investors. Today, Kiekert supplies automotive manufacturers worldwide with access systems and mechatronic components. Over the last decade, Kiekert has substantially increased it profits and almost doubled its sales revenues.