On 31 December 2021, HELLER will bid farewell to Klaus Winkler, CEO of Heller Management SE. It is planned that he will join the supervisory boards of Heller Management SE and Heller Holding SE & Co. KGaA on 1 January 2022 in order to take over from Berndt Heller who will retire from the post as Chairman of the Supervisory Board after many years. Reinhold Groß, previously Managing Director at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen, will succeed Winkler as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 January 2022. Chief Operating Officer (COO) Manfred Maier will continue in his role as member of the Management Board of Heller Management SE.
On 1 November 2021, Reinhold Groß will be joining HELLER and take over as Chairman of the Management Board of Heller Management SE from 1 January 2022 onwards. Until recently, the Industrial Engineer was Managing Director at TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen. He brings many years of international management experience in sales and finance functions as well as strategy development and implementation.
Klaus Winkler will say goodbye as CEO of Heller Management SE. From 1 January 2022, he will be joining the supervisory boards of Heller Management SE and Heller Holding SE & Co. KGaA. From 2003 to 2018, Winkler was Managing Director of Heller GmbH and Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH in Nürtingen. From 2007 to 2020, the Business Economist also chaired the management of Heller GmbH. The father of two has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the HELLER Group since 2020.
“On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would very much like to thank Klaus Winkler for his work at the HELLER Group,” said Berndt Heller, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heller Management SE and Heller Holding SE & Co. KGaA. “We are very pleased that Klaus Winkler will stay with our company, joining the Supervisory Board in the future,” Heller continued. “At the same time, we wish Reinhold Groß every success in his new role. We trust that with him, we have found a personality with extensive expertise and many years of experience in the machine tool business, who, together with our experienced management team, will lead our family-owned company into a successful future.”
At the end of the year, Berndt Heller, Chairman of the supervisory boards of Heller Management SE and Heller Holding SE & Co. KGaA, will resign from his offices and will propose Klaus Winkler as his successor. The 78-year-old joined the company, founded in 1894 by his grandfather, immediately upon graduating as a Mechanical Engineer in 1969. For more than 50 years, he has had a major impact on the success of the HELLER Group.
Bernd Haußmann, Chairman of the Works Committee at Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heller Holding SE & Co. KGaA, thanked Berndt Heller for his many years of commitment to the family company. “A very special thank you goes to Berndt Heller. He has left a profound mark on HELLER and has been committed to the success of our company for decades – both in management and subsequently as Chairman of the Supervisory Board and shareholder. He has more than earned his retirement. From the bottom of our hearts we wish Berndt Heller the very best for the future”, said Haußmann.