Successful strategic moves for Zeppelin Group

30.06.2017, Garching near Munich

Leadership changes in three strategic business units

The Zeppelin Group has announced personnel changes at Management Board level in the Construction Equipment EU, Rental and Z Lab strategic business units (SBUs). The posts will be filled by employees from Zeppelin’s own ranks.

On June 30, 2017, Michael Heidemann will leave the Management Board of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH. He has been a member of the Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH Management Board since 1999, and Chairman since 2008. He is now taking up the chairmanship of the company’s Supervisory Board. As Deputy Chairman of the Zeppelin Group Management Board, Michael Heidemann also retains responsibility for the three strategic business units of Construction Equipment EU, Construction Equipment CIS and Rental. With effect from July 1, 2017, Fred Cordes will take over as Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH. He has worked in the company since 1995, and has been managing the Sales and Marketing divisions since 2012. Fred Cordes will also simultaneously take over as Director of the Construction Equipment EU business unit.

A change of management is also underway in the Rental and Z Lab SBUs. Mr. Wolfgang Hahnenberg will leave the Management Board of Zeppelin Rental GmbH & Co. KG on June 30, 2017, and with effect from July 1, 2017, will take over as Director of the Z Lab SBU and Chairman of the Management Board of the subsidiary Klickrent GmbH. The Z Lab SBU was founded in 2016. It focuses on the development of new digital business models. Arne Severin has been CFO of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH since 2013; on July 1, 2017, he will take over Wolfgang Hahnenberg’s positions as Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin Rental GmbH & Co. KG and Director of the Rental SBU. His successor from July 1, 2017, will be Dr. Andreas Kamm, previously Head of Division for Zeppelin Group Auditing.

“I wish my colleagues every success in their new roles and am proud that we have been able to fill four key Group positions from within our own ranks,” said Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH. “Not only does this make it clear that our succession planning is being implemented effectively, but also that we are pursuing the same aims and stand for the same values across all SBUs. This facilitates smooth transitions from one Group business unit to another.”