Dinklage. On 1 October 2017, Dr. Robert Untiedt succeeded Dr. Frank Schubert as spokesman of the Board of Directors. After almost 20 years with Heller, Dr. Schubert will retire at the end of the year.
Dr. Untiedt will be responsible for the fields of Sales, Marketing, Product Development and Administration (Finance, HR and IT). With this move and the appointment of Jörg Frommeyer as Director of Operations (Production, Logistics and Purchasing) as of 1 January 2017, Heller has found a succession solution that represents an excellent basis for the company's further ambitious growth. In the future, Heller will continue to put a special emphasis on serving customer requirements in order to further develop its position as a reliable partner of specialist retailers around the globe. In this context, innovative concepts, e.g. in the field of digital service offers, will play an even greater role.
Dr. Schubert's retirement will mean the loss of a profound industry expert. Apart from various other international executive positions, he successfully managed Heller Tools GmbH as Director for a period of 19 years, playing a key role in establishing the company's international orientation. With his pronounced marketing and sales focus, he has effectively modelled the way how Heller is perceived and has contributed to the ongoing expansion of the company's market position. Dr. Schubert will remain with Heller until the end of 2017 in order to ensure a smooth transition to Dr. Untiedt.
Before joining Heller, Dr. Untiedt had worked for Körber AG in Hamburg, Germany, where he was lastly responsible for the organic growth of the technology group's six divisions as Head of Strategic Marketing & Sales. He completed his Master's degree in International Management at the ESCP Europe and obtained his PhD from the Technical University of Freiberg. Previously, he had served as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group for several years.
"I am confident that with this succession arrangement, the future of Heller will be handed over to the right hands ", says Dr. Frank Schubert. "The new organisational structure of the Board of Directors provides ideal preconditions for making good use of new growth opportunities."