Swiss Rieter appoints Thomas Oetterli as CEO

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The board of directors of Rieter Holding Ltd, Switzerland-based textile machinery manufacturer, has appointed Thomas Oetterli as the CEO. Oetterli succeeds Norbert Klapper who has led the company for nine years and resigned to take on new professional challenges.

Oetterli, 53, has made a significant contribution to the development of the leading Schindler Group, starting in 2006 as CEO Switzerland, later as a member of the group executive committee responsible for Europe and China, and from 2016 until 2022 as CEO of the group, according to a press release by Rieter.

The board of directors of Rieter Holding Ltd, Swiss textile machinery manufacturer, has appointed Thomas Oetterli as the CEO. He succeeds Norbert Klapper who has led the company for nine years and resigned to take on new professional challenges. The board will also propose Oetterli’s name for election as a board member at the upcoming annual general meeting.

With his comprehensive leadership skills and many years of industrial and international experience, Oetterli brings ideal prerequisites to lead Rieter through the current challenges and successfully develop it further in the long term. He will take over the function of CEO from Klapper on March 13, 2023.

The board of directors would like to thank Klapper for his many years of hard work for Rieter and his lasting contribution to the company, particularly in terms of strengthening its technology leadership, developing the components and service business, completing the systems offering, and wishes him the best for the future, both professionally and personally. Following his departure as CEO, he will be available to the chairman of the board of directors as senior advisor until the end of September 2023, added the release.

In the course of the intensive talks with Oetterli that led to his appointment as CEO of Rieter, the board of directors came to the conclusion that, with his proven strategic competencies, extensive industrial experience, and international network of contacts, he would also make important contributions to Rieter’s board of directors and strengthen its overall profile. As chairman of the board of directors of SFS, an industrial company in Switzerland, he is also familiar with the international industrial environment from the perspective of another globally active Swiss industrial company.

In view of the current challenges Rieter is facing in the current economic and market situation, which require close cooperation between the board of directors and the group executive committee, the board of directors considers a dual function of Oetterli as CEO and member of the board of directors to be advantageous and in the interest of all stakeholders. It will therefore propose Oetterli for election as a member of the board of directors at the upcoming annual general meeting on April 20, 2023.

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