Phoenix Contact names its new CEO, passing the baton from Klaus Eisert to Frank Stührenberg on January 1, 2015.
Frank Stührenberg, executive vice president global sales, has been named chairman of the executive board of Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG. He will take over the office as well as the tasks that have been held by Klaus Eisert, as managing partner, on January 1, 2015.
Stührenberg will remain in charge of global sales. The joint responsibility and tasks of the other four executive vice presidents will also remain unchanged.
The company will continue to benefit from the know-how and experience of Klaus Eisert, who has not presided over a business division since 2006. Now he will focus his attention on establishing an advisory board, comprised of shareholders and external persons. In the future, this advisory board will be the connecting link between the salaried executive board members and the family shareholders.
Stührenberg has been with Phoenix Contact since 1992. In 2001, he became a member of the management board and in 2005 was appointed to the executive board.
“We see this as a sign of continuity with regard to the future and further growth of Phoenix Contact. It is an organizational step that will not significantly change the successful cooperation within the management of the company. For more than 10 years, this board has determined the development and the strategy of the company,” said Eisert.
After completing his studies in electrical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Eisert joined the company in 1961, which his father Josef Eisert had led since the death of the company founder Hugo Knümann in 1953. Initially responsible for product development and sales and marketing, Eisert assumed the position of technical director in 1975 and led the company as managing partner.
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