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Change in Management at F+S GmbH

As opposed to some companies that experience problems when it comes to the succession of generations at the management level, our traditional policy on succession prevents any such difficulties: On July 1st, 2021 the third change in management took place at F+S.

When F+S GmbH was established more than 20 years ago, our company founders Dr. Fleckner and Mr. Simon decided they would hand management over to the younger generation when they reached the age of about 60, in order to keep the company young, agile and active. Both of them stood by that decision when they resigned their management positions 10 and 13 years ago, respectively.

Their successors were chosen and prepared for their new responsibilities with plenty of lead time. After the change in management the founders stayed on at the company for several years as employees and authorized signatories until reaching retirement age. This ensured a smooth transition between generations at F+S back then.

In accordance with this strategy, after 13 years Mr. Horstkötter has now handed management of the company over to his younger colleague Michael Salzer. We are pleased with this choice. We have found a worthy successor in Mr. Salzer: He is a seasoned automotive expert who has held diverse positions as a developer, safety expert and executive project and program manager at TRW Automotive and the Mando Corporation. Mr. Salzer has a degree in electrical engineering and information technology.

Mr. Horstkötter has already familiarized Mr. Salzer with his new duties and will continue to contribute his expertise as authorized signatory, automotive functional safety expert (AFSE) and senior consultant at F+S, in addition to being a point of contact for our customers.

We are confident that Mr. Salzer will inspire the company with fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. Since he will be working together with André Zeh, our long-time managing director, we can be assured of stability and continuity. Both of these aspects form an excellent basis for further stable growth at F+S GmbH in the coming years.

Change in ManagementNew man at the helm: Michael Salzer (center) succeeds Josef Horstkötter (left) and will manage F+S GmbH together with André Zeh (right) in the future.