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Generational change in MEYLE AG’s top management: Dr Karl J. Gaertner hands over the reins to Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen

Date: Wednesday 13 September 2023

After more than 28 years at the helm, majority shareholder Dr Karl J. Gaertner is stepping down from the MEYLE AG Executive Board. As of 1 September 2023, board members Dirk Damaschke (above left) and Marc Siemssen (above right) are now managing the spare parts manufacturer based in Hamburg together.

Dr Gaertner is therefore leaving operational management entirely in the experienced hands of his former board colleagues Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen, who have been involved in company management and members of the Executive Board for several years now.

Dr Gaertner will remain Chairman of the Executive Board of the Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG holding company, which is wholly owned by the family, and thus continue to support MEYLE with his expertise. This long-term transition is part of a generational change designed to prepare the company for the future. In addition, Dr Gaertner’s daughter Lisa Gaertner has joined the holding company’s Supervisory Board as a family representative.

‘For nearly three decades, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many dedicated colleagues and help transform MEYLE into an internationally successful company that is well known among our customers worldwide for its innovation and quality. And now the time has come for me to pass on the torch,’ says Dr Gaertner. ‘We, the owner family, plan to hand over MEYLE as a successful and internationally competitive company to the next generation. I’m delighted that Lisa Gaertner is assuming a new level of responsibility at the holding company and that we have found just the right team in Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen to continue the brand’s success story.’
‘Dr Gaertner is a visionary entrepreneur who has transformed MEYLE into the innovative, global company and powerful brand that we are today,’ says Marc Siemssen, who is approaching his new responsibilities with gratitude and anticipation. ‘We’re assuming responsibility for the company in an exciting era of change that offers both challenges and opportunities for the entire automotive industry.’ ‘We’re starting from a strong position and have a wonderful team behind us,’ adds Dirk Damaschke. ‘We feel like we’re in the best position to advance key issues like electric mobility, sustainability and international growth with full force.’ Dirk Damaschke and Marc Siemssen are both delighted to continue working with Dr Gaertner in his new role.