DGAP-News: Klaus Hofer to join the Executive Board of the KION Group

2011-07-29 / 16:28:00

Klaus Hofer to join the Executive Board of the KION Group

  • Responsible for Human Resources, Legal and Internal Audit
  • Also appointed as Labour Relations Director

Wiesbaden, 29 July 2011 - The Supervisory Board of KION Group GmbH has appointed Klaus Hofer (53) to the Executive Board of KION Group GmbH. He will also be the Group's Labour Relations Director. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for the Human Resources, Legal and Internal Audit functions, which are currently headed up by KION's CFO Harald Pinger. Klaus Hofer is due to assume his new responsibilities on 1 October this year.

'We are delighted to have secured the services of an expert personnel manager', said Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group. 'His pioneering HR work in his previous positions has been highly successful. This extensive experience will enable him to significantly strengthen the role of personnel management in the KION Group. He will also be in charge of the Legal and Internal Audit functions.'

The Supervisory Board was delighted to be able to appoint an expert with a proven HR track record to the KION Group's Executive Board. 'HR is taking on an increasingly important role', emphasised Johannes Huth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. 'The KION Group's most valuable resources are its employees and managers.'

'I look forward to taking up my new position at KION and to working with the Company's employees, managers and employee representatives', said Klaus Hofer. 'As Labour Relations Director with responsibility for Human Resources as well as for the Legal and Internal Audit functions, I want to contribute to the KION Group's continued success and further enhance the attractiveness of the KION Group and its brand companies as an employer. In doing so, I will cooperate closely with my Executive Board colleagues Gordon Riske, Harald Pinger and Otmar Hauck.'

Klaus Hofer is currently Director of Human Resources at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Between 1995 and 2008 he was employed at B. Braun Melsungen AG, initially as Director of the central HR & Legal division and, from 1996, as a member of the Management Board and Labour Relations Director with responsibility for Human Resources, Labour Relations and Legal Affairs/Compliance. A trained lawyer, Klaus Hofer's previous roles include General Counsel at Rheinmetall Berlin AG and positions at BHF-Bank. He studied law at the Ruhr University Bochum and commercial law at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

The Company
The KION Group with its six brands - Linde, STILL, Fenwick, OM, Baoli and Voltas - is Europe's market leader for industrial trucks, the global number two in the industry and the leading international supplier in China. In 2010, the KION Group employed around 20,000 people and generated revenue of more than EUR3.5 billion.

For further information please contact
Michael Hauger
Head of Communications and Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 (0)611 770 655
Email michael.hauger@kiongroup.com

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