Rehau names new CEO and CFO for global business
August 20, 2018 | 11:01 am CDT
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MURI, Switzerland - The Supervisory Board of the global Rehau Group announced that William Christensen was appointed the new CEO of Rehau.
 
Christensen was previously the Chief Marketing Officer and is replacing Rainer Schulz, who has run the company since 2010.
 
“We are very pleased that William Christensen with his international management experience is taking the helm”, says Jobst Wagner, president of the Rehau Supervisory Board. Christensen, 45, joined Rehau in April 2016. He completed his studies in the U.S. and, prior to joining Rehau, among others served on the Group Executive Board of Geberit, where he was responsible for International Sales.
 
The new CFO will be Kurt Plattner, taking over the responsibilities of Dieter Gleisberg. Plattner has been with Rehau for 25 years and was recently Head of Treasury, Controlling & Finance at Rehau’s head office in Muri, Switzerland.
Kurt Plattner
The Rehau Group, known largely for edgebanding and cabinetry components and panel, is a polymer specialist with an annual turnover of more than EUR 3.5 billion. It is an independent and stable family-owned company. More than 20,000 employees work for the company in over 170 locations worldwide. Some 12,000 employees work for Rehau in Europe, 8,000 of them in Germany.
 
Rehau develops and produces construction, automotive and industrial solutions. For more than 70 years, Rehau has been working on making plastic products even lighter, more convenient, safer and more efficient, and it supplies innovative products to countries all over the world.

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