After almost four decades at ebm‑papst, Thomas Wagner (63) leaves his role as deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and retires on August 31, 2023
During his time in office, Thomas Wagner positioned the company internationally and strategically to become the leading manufacturer of fans and drives. For example, he laid the foundations for today's global production network. Today, ebm‑papst manufactures at 27 sites worldwide, including Europe, China and the USA, and is well positioned for the future with its "local for local" glocal strategy.
ebm‑papst shareholders, supervisory board and advisory board thank Thomas Wagner very much for his outstanding work, his unwavering commitment and his enormous contribution to the successful development of the company to its current dimensions.
Dr. Klaus Geißdörfer, Chief Executive Officer of the ebm‑papst Group: "Thomas Wagner has played a key role in shaping the success of ebm‑papst. He is one of the architects of our global company, is a member of the ebm‑papst family with heart and soul and has made a huge contribution to our corporate culture based on humanity. Personally, I am very grateful to him for his great support; he has always offered me good advice. On behalf of my colleagues and the entire ebm‑papst Group, I would like to thank Thomas Wagner very much for the loyal and successful collaboration as well as his extraordinary achievements, which have put ebm‑papst on a successful course over the past decades.”
Thomas Wagner: "My journey at ebm‑papst was never boring. Thanks to the entire team for their support, understanding and our successes along the way. But every journey comes to an end. I'm already looking back with a lot of gratitude, but I'm also looking forward to what comes next. No doubt about it: I will continue to keep an eye on ebm‑papst, because the company has become like a second family to me."
With Frank Mayer (52), a manager with international experience will be taking over as Chief Operating Officer on July 1, 2023. Frank Mayer comes from the mechanical engineering company and automotive supplier Schaeffler AG. Frank Mayer worked there for 32 years, including more than 26 years in managerial roles, most recently as head of the thermal management division.
"With Mr Mayer, we are gaining a very experienced executive for the long-term, successful and forward-thinking development of our Group," says Geißdörfer.