Becoming Executive Board Member and CEO of the Bath & Wellness Division with the full scope fo responsibility from Production (14 branches in 3 continents) via Finance and HR up to Marketing & Sales (selling products in more than 100 countries across all continents) was the full fulfillment of wishes of my professional career path.
To summarize this indescribably beautiful time would go beyond the frame. But maybe some words towards the achievements. When I left the company end of July 2020 my finance director offered me a present. He presented and summarized the economic indicators by which we were measured by the supervisory board over the last 12 years. From his point of view, this looks like this:
Crisis Management: We have successfully led the division through two crisis he said. The GFC (2008/9) and the COVID crisis (2020) knowing that this is still an ongoing topic.
Net sales: Although we restructured our businesses by getting rid of the unprofitable parts we managed to increase sales over the years by keeping our strong footprint in core Europe and entering the APAC region especially China successfully.
EBIT-Margin: Taking 2007 as reference year, we more than tripled annually the margin in absolute figures in 2018 with a continuous year on year growth and by this, achieved a relative margin above 10% from 2018 onwards.