Change in the Executive Committee: Michael Riedel named new CEO of FoamPartner

Zurich, October 31, 2017 – The Conzzeta AG Board of Directors has appointed Michael Riedel as the new CEO of FoamPartner. He will assume the position on January 1, 2018 and will join the Conzzeta AG Executive Committee.

Dr. Michael Riedel (49, a German national) has worked in various positions at Clariant since 2009, including as Head of Business Excellence, overseeing the integration of Süd-Chemie, and as Head of Industrial and Consumer Specialties for the EMEA region. He currently holds the most senior human resources position at the company, Group Head Human Resources. Riedel's earlier professional career included managerial roles in research and development, production as well as operations at Höchst, Celanese, and SGL Carbon. He studied chemistry at the University of Münster, where he also completed a PhD in experimental chemistry.

This change at the FoamPartner helm and in the Conzzeta AG Executive Committee is part of the Group's existing growth strategy. Michael Willome, Conzzeta Group CEO, comments: "Michael Riedel offers the ideal combination of experience and skills required for the next stage in FoamPartner's development. In terms of business scale, we are venturing into new territory with the integration of Otto Bock Kunststoff. Together, we want to take advantage of the growth opportunities, also those that have emerged from the recent reorganization of the joint ventures in Asia and North America."

The current CEO of FoamPartner, Bart J. ten Brink (52), will resign as of the end of 2017 from his responsibilities as CEO as well as from Conzzeta AG's Executive Committee. The Board of Directors and Bart J. ten Brink have decided together, after eight years as CEO, to place FoamPartner's management into new hands. Bart J. ten Brink wishes to pursue a new challenge outside the Group. Michael Willome, Conzzeta Group CEO, comments: "Bart J. ten Brink will accompany the handover to his successor. I would like to thank him for his many years of successful service. Under his leadership, FoamPartner has become one of the world's leading providers of foam materials."


 

Further step towards strategic transformation

Zurich, November 10, 2020 – Conzzeta reports the signing of a binding agreement to divest its FoamPartner business unit to Recticel, the Belgium specialist in polyurethane chemistry, headquartered in Brussels and listed on Euronext (REC), for an enterprise value of CHF 270 million. The closing of the transaction is expected in the first quarter 2021, subject to regulatory approval.

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Conzzeta Capital Markets Day: Bystronic to push innovation and market positions

Zurich, November 10, 2020 – Ernst Baertschi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Conzzeta, will host today’s virtual Conzzeta capital markets day. Conzzeta Group CEO Michael Willome will provide an update of the Group’s strategic transformation. Bystronic CEO Alex Waser with part of his management team will present Bystronic’s strategy.

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Climbing with refugees: MAMMUT becomes a partner of the non-profit organization ClimbAID

Seon, November 5, 2020 – Mammut has entered into a partnership with the non-profit organization ClimbAID to work together on humanitarian projects allowing refugees to discover the joy of climbing. United by their shared passion for mountain sports and climbing, Mammut and the Swiss non-profit organization ClimbAID are embarking on a partnership designed to allow people affected by war, poverty and displacement to discover the joy of climbing. This long-term cooperation will focus on the implementation of humanitarian projects in Switzerland, Lebanon, Greece and beyond.

 
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