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Karl Knauer 84 At a celebratory event on Friday 23 September, Stefanie Wieckenberg took over the responsibilities of Olaf Pohl for the company Karl Knauer KG and Karl Knauer Poland Sp. z o.o. P ohl’s 75th birthday was the occasion for the former managing owner to retire from active management and to hand over his position to his daughter Stefanie Wieckenberg. The company is now managed by the owner family in its third generation. Richard Kammerer, Managing Partner and Spokesperson of the Management, as well as Joachim Würz, Managing Director, will remain the other members of management. Karl Knauer 3.0: Next generation Employees, management and guests from politics and society gathered at the company headquarters in Biberach. Richard Kammerer, Spokesperson of the Management and Managing Partner, opened the evening and welcomed everyone present. In his speech, he emphasized how valuable and enriching his cooperation and discussions with Olaf Pohl had always been. He also expressed his desire to continue this professional exchange from time to time in the future. On behalf of the company, Kammerer gave Olaf Pohl a sculpture in the shape of the company logo, a deer, as a keepsake of Karl Knauer KG. PSI Journal 11/2016 www.psi-network.de Handing over the management reins Generation change Photo of the Knauer generations (left to right): Joachim Würz, Stefanie Wieckenberg, Olaf Pohl, Richard c a dKammerer. a e e . www.karlknauer.de Olaf Pohl says goodbye Olaf Pohl said goodbye with a retrospective of his professional career and his dedication to Karl Knauer KG. For many years, the entrepreneur managed not one but two companies: the self-founded company Olaf Pohl GmbH (today: Pohl-Scandia GmbH), a distributor of standard and padded envelopes, as well as Karl Knauer KG. According to Pohl, he could never emulate the company’s founder, his father-in-law Karl Knauer, nor did he want to. But he had always seen himself as his representative who in due course would pass on the baton to the third generation of the Knauer family. This has now happened by handing over the reins to his daughter Stefanie Wieckenberg. Shaping the future based on tradition Having been actively involved in the management in recent years, Stefanie Wieckenberg emphasised how important it is to leverage the benefits of a family business. This included short decision paths as well as an agile and quick process structure. According to Wieckenberg, generated capital will continue to be reinvested in the company and thus guarantee the long-term success and expansion of Karl Knauer KG as well as secure the site in Biberach. According to Wieckenberg, it will be particularly important to work closely and trustingly. Wieckenberg sees her responsibility for a total of 600 employees at the two sites in Biberach and Pniewy (Poland) as a big challenge, but she is optimistic about the future and is looking forward to the tasks ahead, and in particular to continuing to fill the motto “Shaping the future based on tradition” with life each day together with the dedicated Karl Knauer team. After the speeches and the presentation of the deer sculpture to Olaf Pohl, the entertaining part of the evening began, based on the motto of company founder Karl Knauer: “Whoever works hard must also celebrate!” The voice imitator Peter von Kron enthralled the guests, Aroma Catering ensured the guests were well taken care of, and musical entertainment was provided by the band “Brosowskeys”. <

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