New Chief Technology Officer on Board
Published on 07.07.2021
The Supervisory Board of Faber-Castell AG has appointed Simon Hauser as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The 43-year-old will join the company on the 1st of September and will take over the position from Dr. Hans-Kurt von Werder (56), whose appointment to the board ends at the end of September 2021.
Gerhard Berssenbrügge, the Chairman of Supervisory Board at Faber-Castell AG, states: “We would like to thank Dr. von Werder for his trustworthy collaboration. Dr. von Werder has made a very valuable contribution to the development of the business and helped steer the company successfully through a challenging phase. Additionally, he was able to achieve significant increases in productivity and revenue in India, which established a good basis for future operations in this populous country. At the same time, we are delighted that we are able to appoint a manager to the position of CTO who has just as much international experience”.
After gaining experience in the automotive industry, Simon Hauser worked as a consultant for BSH Hausgeräte GmbH for 14 years and held several different management positions in Germany and abroad. In addition to positions in China, he also was employed as Managing Director and plant manager of the Russian production facility and was subsequently responsible for development, quality and technical product marketing as well as production for cooling systems in the regions of Turkey, Middle East, CIS and Africa. In his last position as Senior Vice President Head of Production Laundry, he was responsible for world-wide production and the global production network for the laundry product division.
Simon Hauser states, “I look forward to this exciting assignment. It is a great honour for me to be part of the Faber-Castell board and to further develop the company’s world-wide production facilities in a sustainable manner”.
According to Faber-Castell’s statement, it is one of the leading companies in the world for high-quality products for writing, drawing and creative design as well as decorative cosmetic products. Faber-Castell also claims to be one of the most important manufacturers of wood-cased pencils in the world as it produces over two billion pencil and pens per year and employs approximately 6,500 workers. Today Faber-Castell is represented in 120 countries and has its own production facilities in ten countries around the world and distribution companies in 22 countries. The industrial enterprise founded in 1761 is one of the oldest in the world and has been run by the same family for nine generations. Faber-Castell believes its leading position in the international market is due to its tradition of being committed to top quality, its environmental responsibility and numerous product innovations. The group’s turnover for the financial year 2019/2020 was 555 million euros.