Bernd Kleinhens new Chairman of the Management Board of NORMA Group SEMaintal, Germany, December 19, 2017 – NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, will be led by Bernd Kleinhens as its new Chairman of the Management Board as of January 1, 2018. His predecessor Werner Deggim, who has been the Chairman of NORMA Group SE since 2006, is retiring on December 31, 2017.
“The Supervisory Board of NORMA Group SE would like to thank Werner Deggim for his outstanding achievements. He has continuously and strategically developed NORMA Group, led it through the financial crisis, brought it to the stock market and into the MDAX. He is handing over a healthy, growing company,” says Dr. Stefan Wolf, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NORMA Group SE. “We are pleased that Bernd Kleinhens has accepted the appointment as Chairman of the Management Board as we are convinced that he and his fellow Board members will continue the company’s growth course successfully.”
Bernd Kleinhens began his career in 1991 at Rasmussen GmbH, one of the predecessor companies of the NORMA Group of today. The mechanical engineer has since held various positions including Development Engineer, Marketing and Sales Director and Business Unit Director. He became a Managing Director in 2005 and was appointed to the Management Board of NORMA Group SE in 2011. As the member of the Management Board responsible for Business Development, he headed Research and Development, Product Management, Marketing, Sales and Pricing. He was also President of the Asia-Pacific Region from August 2014 to November 2016. His five-year term as Chairman will last until December 31, 2022.
“We can be proud of how NORMA Group has developed in recent years. As Chairman of the Management Board, I look forward to further consolidating our strong position as an international leader in engineered joining technology and continuing on the company’s growth path,” said Bernd Kleinhens.
Dr. Michael Schneider’s term as CFO was extended early by the Supervisory Board for five years. “Dr. Michael Schneider has quickly advanced NORMA Group’s international expansion with three acquisitions in France, Portugal and China,” Stefan Wolf noted. “This early contract extension expresses our confidence in him and that we look forward to working with him in the future.” Dr. Michael Schneider has been a member of the Management Board of NORMA Group SE since July 1, 2015.