Ad hoc: Olaf Berlien new Chief Executive Officer of Osram
In today’s meeting, the supervisory board of OSRAM Licht AG has appointed Olaf Berlien as new chief executive officer (CEO). Berlien, 52, will take over his new function in January 2015. At the same time, Wolfgang Dehen will leave the company at his own request and by amicable agreement. “Wolfgang Dehen has managed Osram’s stock market listing extraordinary well and has also navigated the company through a so far unparalleled technological change in the lighting industry. He has positioned Osram for a successful future. We would like to express our great thanks and deep appreciation,” said Peter Bauer, chairman of the supervisory board.
Olaf Berlien is currently CEO of M+W Group GmbH. Before that, he served as CEO of the Technologies division at Essen-based ThyssenKrupp AG. This division included, among others, the elevator and automotive segments as well as the engineering activities. Under Berlien’s supervision, the division became the company’s most successful business unit. Prior to this, Berlien was member of the managing board at Carl Zeiss AG from 1996 until 2002. He started his career at IBM and holds a doctorate degree from the Technical University Berlin.
„With Olaf Berlien, we were able to recruit a manager and strategist who has a comprehensive expertise with regard to rapidly changing technological markets. Therefore, the supervisory board unanimously believes that he is the ideal candidate to lead Osram into a successful future,” said Peter Bauer. Due to his experience, Berlien will also take over the duties of a chief technology officer.
OSRAM of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain from components – including lamps, electronic control gear and opto semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) – as well as luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. OSRAM has around 34,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of more than €5.1 billion in fiscal 2014 (ended September 30). The company's business activities have been focusing on light – and hence on quality of life – for over 100 years. The company was listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich on July 8, 2013 (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; Trading symbol: OSR).
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