Management Change at Grohe AG: Thomas Fuhr named as new Chief Executive Officer and Jonas Brennwald as Deputy Chief Executive Officer

  • Thomas Fuhr to take over as Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG
  • Jonas Brennwald appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG and in addition Chief Executive Officer of LIXIL Water Technology EMENA

Beirut, 15th July 2019. The Grohe AG supervisory board has appointed Thomas Fuhr as new Chief Executive Officer of Grohe AG. In addition, Jonas Brennwald, currently Chief Sales Officer, takes on the role as Deputy Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG and joins the GROHE Executive Board. Michael Mager, Executive Director Human Resources & Organization, and Stefan Gesing, Chief Financial Officer remain members of the GROHE Executive Board. These leadership appointments are effective immediately and follow the resignation of Michael Rauterkus as Chief Executive Officer of GROHE and Chief Executive Officer of LIXIL Water Technology EMENA.

“GROHE can look back on an outstanding growth path. We are now adapting our organizational structure to ensure continuous growth in the EMENA region. I am very pleased to announce Thomas Fuhr as the new CEO of GROHE. He is an experienced and successful leader in Operations and Technology and will help drive the integration of GROHE’s manufacturing and technology assets into the global LIXIL footprint”, says Bijoy Mohan, Chief Executive Officer of LIXIL International.

In addition to these changes, Jonas Brennwald is appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG and Chief Executive Officer of the LIXIL Water Technology business in EMENA. He will be responsible for growing GROHE’s business in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa while leveraging LIXIL’s global capabilities, assets and brands. “I am very pleased to have Jonas on the leadership team for GROHE and leading the LIXIL Water Technology EMENA business region. He will be integral to continuing to drive GROHE’s growth”, says Mohan. “An important aspect will be to deepen our customer relationships and make even better use of our extensive network’s potential across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”

After more than 12 years, Michael Rauterkus, Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG, leaves GROHE on his own request. Since joining in November 2006, Michael Rauterkus has encouraged the professionalization of sales and has been successfully contributing to the company’s positive development, initially as head of the Central Europe sales region and Managing Director of Grohe Germany, and since June 2009, as President of Europe. In October 2011, he became Chief Sales Officer of Grohe AG, responsible for the regions EMEA and the Americas. In 2015 Michael was appointed CEO of GROHE. Under his leadership, GROHE grew in EMENA twice the market growth during the last 5 years – through innovation in technology and the introduction of full bathroom solutions. With the IOT solutions, GROHE is now at the forefront of the industry. “We would like to thank Michael Rauterkus for his great commitment, which is the basis for GROHE’s innovative power and steady success. Under his leadership, GROHE has become a global market leader in this industry”, says Bijoy Mohan.

About Thomas Fuhr

Thomas Fuhr took over the position of Executive Director Operations of Grohe AG in 2013, being responsible for Production, Procurement, Logistics, Quality, Technology, Research & Development and Sustainability. In addition, he is leading the Faucet Category within LIXIL Water Technology. Prior to his role at GROHE Thomas Fuhr spent 22 years with Mercedes-Benz. He worked in a broad range of roles in Development, Manufacturing, Quality, Logistics and Purchasing in Germany, India, the USA and UK.

About Jonas Brennwald

Since 2012, Jonas Brennwald has been managing various sales regions for GROHE, most recently as Chief Sales Officer. Prior to joining GROHE, he has held numerous management positions with major brands, including Mars, Ecolab, Goodyear Dunlop, and the automotive supplier Dorman.

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About GROHE

GROHE is a leading global brand for full bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings and has a total of over 6,000 employees, 2,400 of which are based in Germany. GROHE has been part of the LIXIL Group Corporation since 2014. As an international brand, GROHE pursues the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability, seeking to offer the “Pure Freude an Wasser”. GROHE has been developing new product categories since its inception. This includes the GROHE Blue and Red water systems and the recently-introduced GROHE Sense water security system, which is an innovative component in the growth market of smart home technology. Innovation, design and development are closely aligned with one another and are enshrined in the German site as an integrated process. As a result, GROHE products carry the seal of quality “Made in Germany”. In the past ten years alone, more than 300 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings at the German Sustainability Award have confirmed GROHE’s success. GROHE was the first in its industry to win the German government’s CSR prize and was also featured in the renowned Fortune® magazine’s ranking of Top 50 that are “Changing the World”.

About LIXIL

LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve every day, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry leading brands, including INAX, GROHE, American Standard and TOSTEM. Over 70,000 colleagues operating in more than 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day. Learn more at www.lixil.com.

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