Hansgrohe is pleased to announce the appointment of Thorsten Klapproth as Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hansgrohe SE taking over from Siegfried Gaensslen. Prior to joining Hansgrohe, Thorsten Klapproth successfully led Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) for 10 years. After studying business administration in Braunschweig, Munich and Augsburg, Thorsten Klapproth held management positions in Sales & Marketing at Siemens AG, as well as at Bosch-Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. Then, as an internal management consultant, he led projects for strategy, restructuring, process optimization and corporate culture at Siemens AG in Munich and in Santa Clara, USA. In 1996, he joined Gaggenau Hausgeräte GmbH, where in 1998 he was elected Chairman of the Executive Board. In this position he was responsible for global Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He eventually integrated the company into Bosch-Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. Thorsten Klapproth’s most recent position was as CEO of WMF in Geislingen an der Steige.
Siegfried Gaensslen has been with Hansgrohe SE for twenty years, with more than six as the company’s CEO. Until May 2015 he will advise Keith Allman, CEO of the Masco Corporation on the conglomerate’s strategic orientation as International Executive Advisor.