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Frank Gfroerer takes over from Achim Schreiber in January 2018

Change at the top of BLANCO

05.09.2017|

Achim Schreiber is retiring at the end of the year and moving to the supervisory board after 23 years on the board of management, the last eight of which he was CEO and Chairman. Successor Frank Gfroerer will join Blanco in October to ensure a seamless transition over a three-month joint transitional period. “Achim Schreiber has greatly helped Blanco move forward. He is one of the principal architects of the current company structure. As CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, he significantly expanded sales. As a leading world-wide premium brand and market leader in many sectors, Blanco is well positioned,” says Dr. Johannes Haupt, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Blanco. “On behalf of the owners’ families and the supervisory board I would like to thank Achim Schreiber for his tireless commitment and impressive performance. I am also delighted that he will soon be moving to the supervisory board to support the two Blanco Groups in an advisory capacity.”

Finding the right successor for a man like Schreiber was not an easy task, emphasizes Dr. Haupt. The outgoing managing director’s active participation in the intensive process, which was initiated at any early stage, also helped. In Frank Gfroerer, Blanco has succeeded in attracting a highly qualified candidate. The 50-year-old master of business administration comes from the office furniture specialist Interstuhl, where as Managing Director he was responsible globally for sales, marketing, product management and digital business. Previously Gfroerer spent 20 years at WMF AG in Geislingen, most recently as Managing Director of the Table and Kitchen division for four years. “The move to Blanco is a return to the kitchen for me, in a way,” says Gfroerer. “The company is the market leader in this segment, and as a person with a great affinity for brands, I am looking forward to the opportunity to promote the further international expansion of the already renowned name of Blanco in the future.” The future CEO and Management Board Chairman also sees the fact that Blanco is a family-owned company as a clear advantage: “Based on my experience, family businesses often operate in a very innovative and value-oriented, responsible and, above all, sustainable manner. This enables an employed entrepreneur to further develop the organization and the business model in the long term and promote sustainable growth.”

Achim Schreiber also wants to contribute to this after his retirement from the operative business. “I already know that I will miss the collab-oration with the people at Blanco. It is a great team that has made Blanco so successful – and every day at work I experienced what is referred to in the company as the “Blanco spirit”. That is why I am pleased to continue to stay connected with the company through my future role on the supervisory board of directors. At the same time, I am also looking forward to having more time to pursue my many other interests.”

Change at the top of BLANCO: Achim Schreiber hands over to Frank Gfrörer zoom

In January 2018 Achim Schreiber (left) will hand over his position as CEO and Chairman of the Management Board to Frank Gfroerer; on the right Dr. Johannes Haupt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Change at the top of BLANCO: Achim Schreiber hands over to Frank Gfrörer zoom

The long-term CEO and Chairman of the Management Board and his successor: Achim Schreiber and Frank Gfroerer.

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BLANCO GmbH + Co KG

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