Gelita are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Franz Josef Konert who will assume his new role at GELITA AG effective January 4, 2010.
Dr. Konert is 52, married and has three children. Until December 31, 2009, Dr. Konert retains his present position as General Manager of the "MELITTA Haushaltsprodukte GmbH & Coâ, where he has spent 8 successful years in the MELITTA Group.
Furthermore, we would like to inform you that Dr. Axel Alber has decided to pursue his career outside of GELITA AG. Dr. Alber has asked the Supervisory Board of GELITA AG to release him from his duties as Chief Market Officer, effective December 31, 2009. We regret this but have accepted his request.
We thank Dr. Alber for his services and wish him all the best for the future.
In addition to his managerial responsibilities as CEO, Dr. Konert will take over the tasks of his predecessor as Chief Market Officer Sales and R&D.