Thursday 30 July 2015

Jürgen Hess joined the Board of Directors at Selux AG

Berlin, July 2015 – changes at man­age­ment level at Berlin-based lumi­naire man­u­fac­turer Selux AG: Jürgen Hess (50) joined the Board of Direc­tors at Selux AG on 27. July, 2015, thus con­clud­ing the long-term tran­si­tion from a family-run busi­ness to a man­agerled com­pany. Jürgen Hess will join Felix Grön­waldt (49), who was appointed to the board in April 2014. While Jürgen Hess will take on the posi­tion of Head of Tech­ni­cal Man­age­ment, Felix Grön­waldt will be respon­si­ble for Com­mer­cial Man­age­ment and Sales.

The suc­ces­sion plan­ning announced when Felix Grön­waldt was appointed to the board is now coming into effect: long-stand­ing Member of the Board Ulrich Mis­geld (64) will be leav­ing the Exec­u­tive Board, as planned, on 30. Sep­tem­ber this year. The Board of Direc­tors and the mem­bers of the Super­vi­sory Board at Selux AG express their thanks to Ulrich Mis­geld for his sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ment over the years as well as for his con­tin­ued efforts to achieve suc­cess­ful team­work and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Udo Bans­bach (69), who as the son of the founder of the com­pany, Her­mann Bans­bach, has also played an active role in man­age­ment for many years, will be taking these changes at board level as the right time to step down from his role as con­sul­tant to the Board on 30. Sep­tem­ber, 2015. As the owner of Selux AG, and a member of the Super­vi­sory Board, Udo Bans­bach will, how­ever, remain closely linked with the com­pany.

Grad­u­ate engi­neer and MBA, Jürgen Hess com­bines his seri­ous pas­sion for people and tech­nol­ogy with exten­sive expe­ri­ence and market knowl­edge of com­pany man­age­ment. After study­ing Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing at the RWTH in Aachen, he joined Nokia, where he quickly became involved in project devel­op­ment and took on man­age­r­ial respon­si­bil­ity. In the course of his career he has held posi­tions such as Head of Research and Devel­op­ment at Leica Camera and at the light­ing man­u­fac­turer Erco. In his last job, Jürgen Hess was the Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Tech­ni­cal Divi­sion at Bürstner, man­u­fac­turer of recre­ational vehi­cles.

It is only pos­si­ble to truly realise visions and achieve fas­ci­nat­ing inno­va­tions for design­ers and cus­tomers, if you have a tal­ented and moti­vated team to back you,“ claims the Krefeld-born man­ager and father of two daugh­ters. I also see Selux as a leader in the light­ing indus­try when it comes to tech­nol­ogy, design and ser­vice”, for­mu­lat­ing the goals he has set for the tasks that lie ahead.

Felix Grön­waldt places great faith in the new, and con­sid­er­ably younger, Board of Man­age­ment and fore­sees a suc­cess­ful future for the com­pany: I am really look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with Jürgen Hess to con­tinue to strengthen the Selux brand,” he states. Plans are already in the making for the light­ing industry‘s lead­ing trade fair, Light+Building 2016 in the coming spring in Frank­furt, where Selux will be exhibit­ing a number of new prod­ucts – all in the spirit of opti­mism that cur­rently holds sway within the com­pany, which is embark­ing on a new chap­ter in the his­tory of its exis­tence.

About Selux

The Selux Group is a lead­ing sup­plier of sus­tain­able light­ing solu­tions for inte­rior and exte­rior appli­ca­tions. The Selux sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy has led the com­pany to define even higher stan­dards of excel­lence when it comes to energy effi­ciency, ergonom­ics and prod­uct design. The com­pany was founded in Berlin in 1948 and now has a work­force of 565 at dif­fer­ent loca­tions in Europe, North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia. Selux main­tained their suc­cess­ful growth trend in 2014, rais­ing their turnover by 8.9 % to 95 mil­lion euros. Growth was driven in the main by the works in the USA (+ 31.4 %) and Ger­many (+ 11.5 %).

At present, more than 50% of the company’s turnover is realised through the sales of lumi­naires equipped with LED tech­nol­ogy. This is expected to increase to 70 % by the end of 2016, indi­cat­ing that the com­plete changeover to dig­i­tal” light is not that far away. Using intel­li­gent light­ing con­trols, LED light­ing solu­tions can lead to fur­ther sub­stan­tial energy sav­ings. Selux will be focussing on more devel­op­ment in this area in future. Well-known projects realised by Selux in-clude the inner-city Park am Gleis­dreieck” in Berlin, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, the Old Har­bour in Mar­seille, and the 911 Memo­r­ial in NYC.

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