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KION GROUP GmbH /
KION Group extends its Executive Board
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* Chief Asia Pacific Officer role created
* CEOs of the Linde Material Handling and STILL brand companies also appointed
to the KION Executive Board
Wiesbaden, 11 January 2013 - To document the growing importance of Asia Pacific
to KION's global operations, the Supervisory Board of KION Group GmbH has
created the new Executive Board position of Chief Asia Pacific Officer. This new
position will be filled by Ching Pong Quek (45). Mr Quek has been CEO of Linde
(China) Forklift Truck Corp., Ltd. since 2005 and has also been President & CEO
KION's entire Asia business since 2008. The Supervisory Board appointed him
as a member of KION Group's Executive Board with effect from 11 January 2013. He
will take on this new role in addition to his existing responsibilities.
In a further move, the existing Linde and STILL brand management will be more
involved in direct responsibility for the KION Group as a whole. The CEO of
Linde Material Handling GmbH, Theodor Maurer (53), and the CEO of STILL GmbH,
Bert-Jan Knoef (52), have been appointed to the Executive Board of the KION
Group with effect from 11 January 2013. They will continue to be in charge of
their respective brand companies.
Gordon Riske (55) continues as Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group,
heading up the expanded, five-strong Executive Board. KION Group's Chief
Financial Officer, Dr Thomas Toepfer (40), has also been appointed Labor
Relations Director by the Supervisory Board. Klaus Hofer (55), who has been the
Executive Board member responsible for Human Resources until now, is leaving the
company. The Supervisory Board would like to thank Klaus Hofer for his work and
for the significant contribution he has made to the global advancement of human
resources activities in the KION Group.
The KION Group - comprising the six brands Linde, STILL, Fenwick, OM STILL,
Baoli and Voltas - is Europe's market leader in industrial trucks, the global
number two in the industry and the leading international supplier in China. The
Linde and STILL brands serve the premium segment worldwide. Fenwick is the
largest supplier of material handling products in France, while OM STILL is a
market leader in Italy. The Baoli brand focuses on the economy segment, and
Voltas is one of the two market leaders in India. The KION Group employed
roughly 22,000 people and generated revenue of around €4.4 billion in 2011.
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control of the KION Group ('KION'), are difficult to predict and may cause
future developments to differ significantly from assumed developments as
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