Transition within the BLANCO Management Board: Holger Harald Stephan appointed as new COO for Production and Logistics

Proceeding with the course of transformation

Oberderdingen (Germany), 09/03/2023 – Change in BLANCO’s Management Board: Chief Operating Officer Andreas Ostermann von Roth (58) will leave the company of his own accord on 30 June 2023. Holger Harald Stephan (50) will initially join the BLANCO Group as a member of the Management Board from 01/04/2023 before taking over as Chief Operating Officer from 01/07/2023. His responsibilities will include production, supply chain and logistics.

Andreas Ostermann von Roth has been working for BLANCO since January 2020 and has been responsible for the operation of the company's global production plants and logistics centres as Chief Operating Officer.

Bernd Eckl, CEO of BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding and Chairman of the BLANCO Supervisory Board, says that the focus is now on continuing the current course: "Over recent years, Andreas Ostermann von Roth has done a superb job of continuing to develop BLANCO’s global production and logistics in both structural and operational terms. As such, we regret his departure, but of course we respect his wish to spend more time with his family. At the same time, we are delighted to have gained an experienced operations professional, in the person of Holger Harald Stephan. His expertise will help us to advance with the strategic orientation of BLANCO’s operational areas."

Holger Harald Stephan will be new BLANCO COO for production and logistics with effect from July 1, 2

Frank Gfrörer, CEO of the BLANCO Group, also emphasises continuity in the strategic orientation of the company: "BLANCO is in an important phase of the transition from a classic component manufacturer to a system provider for the kitchen water place. I look forward to leading this transformation to success together with Mr Stephan and the entire BLANCO team."

Holger Harald Stephan graduated from the Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, Germany with a degree in mechanical engineering and a diploma in production engineering. He has held posts in Germany and abroad, including in machine and engine construction, and in the kitchen industry. Most recently, he served as Director Operations for a business division of a leading global supplier of measuring instruments and services in the industrial process technology sector.

BLANCO offers system solutions for the water place in domestic kitchens. The BLANCO UNIT is synonymous with functional systems in complementary designs, consisting of bowls, high-end mixer taps, water purification with natural carbon dioxide, filtration, cooling and supplementary accessories, from soap dispensers to waste and base cabinet organisation systems. The wide range of functions and the variety of designs, colours and materials ensure flexibility for retailers and kitchen planners and give consumers a wide choice to suit every taste.

Founded in 1925, the company is now an internationally established premium brand for the kitchen water place. With subsidiaries in Europe, North America and APAC, together with its trading partners, the BLANCO brand has a presence in around 100 countries and offers a portfolio that is perfectly tailored to the respective needs of consumers. In addition to the company headquarters in Oberderdingen in Baden-Wuerttemberg, there are various production and logistics locations in southwest Germany and in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, USA, Canada, Australia and China.

In 2022, the BLANCO Group generated consolidated annual sales of €493 million and had 1,587 full-time employees worldwide by the end of the year, of whom 1,085 were working in Germany and 502 at the international locations.

Founded in 1925 by Heinrich Blanc, today BLANCO is part of BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding and has won multiple employer awards.

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