06/06/05

Change of Generation in the Top Management of Würth

Advisory Board of the Würth Group Appoints Dr. Roland Hartmann (44) Member of the Board of Directors, Responsible for Finance and Financial Accounting

Künzelsau/Hohenlohe Region. Change of Generation in the Top Management of the Würth Group: The Foundation Supervisory Board and the Advisory Board of the worldwide biggest trading business in the field of assembly and connecting technology appointed the business graduate Dr. Roland Hartmann (44) member of the Board of Directors as of June 1, 2005.

In the future, Dr. Hartmann is going to be responsible for the field of finance and financial accounting within the highest management board of the Würth Group.

In addition, 38-year-old marketing expert Robert Friedmann has taken over Dr. Walter Jaeger’s responsibility as Chairman of the five-member Board of Directors of the Würth Group starting 1st June 2005. As of April 1, 2005, Friedmann had already been appointed successor designate of Dr. Jaeger, who started his retirement as of 31 May 2005, within the Board of Directors. With these personnel-related decisions at the top management level of the Group, the Foundation Supervisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Würth Group initiated the change of generation at an early stage.

As of June 1, 2005, the Board of Directors of the Würth Group consists of

  • Robert Friedmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Rolf Bauer, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Bettina Würth
  • Dr. Harald Unkelbach
  • Dr. Roland Hartmann

Dr. Roland Hartmann was born in Schweinfurt on January 5, 1961. He is married and has two children. After his high-school diploma, Dr. Hartmann passed an apprenticeship to become an industrial clerk at FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer & Co. in Schweinfurt. From 1982 to 1987, he studied business and management economics at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, which he closed with master's degree in business administration. From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Hartmann did his doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

In July 1992, Dr. Hartmann started his professional career at Arthur Andersen auditing and tax consulting company in Stuttgart. In May 1995, he changed as tax consultant to the Würth Group where he was responsible for the building up and direction of the tax department of the Group. His appointment as “Prokurist” (holder of a general commercial power of attorney) took place in July 1999. In the course of time, he increasingly assumed central tasks in the field of controlling and in the preparation of the consolidated balance sheet. From May 2000 until today, he has been appointed member of various important administrative and supervisory bodies of the Würth Group.
In addition, Dr. Hartmann is the Managing Director of marbet Marion & Bettina Würth GmbH & Co. KG, Würth Online World GmbH, Würth-Beteiligungsverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH and of Würth Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH.