Alumnus Dr Erwin Mayr new chairman of the board at the Wieland Group
A change is taking place in the management at the Wieland Group, one of the most important metal companies and employers in the Ulm/Neu-Ulm region. Harald Kroener (65), longstanding chairman of the board, has retired. His successor is Dr Erwin Mayr (47), who joined Wieland at the beginning of the year. In 1999, Kroener succeeded the legendary Wieland Manager Wolfgang Eychmüller, who passed away in 2013. He held various positions at Wieland for more than 45 years, was appointed executive spokesman of the board in 1999 and subsequently chairman of the board in 2007.
From the perspective of the chairman of the supervisory board Fritz-Jürgen Heckmann, Kroener has “contributed significantly to the success of the Wieland Group”. The international company is one of the largest industrial companies in the region, with 6,658 employees in the fiscal year 2015/2106 (30 September). 1,166 of those staff members were employed at the headquarters in Donautal and 2,323 were in the rolling mill in Vöhringen. Wieland published its financial standing in mid-March, revealing shortly before: “The Wieland Group is currently recording great demand; all of our factories are at capacity”. Schwenk Cement is the main shareholder. The supervisory board has now appointed Mayr as chairman of the board as of 1 April. Mayr comes from from Wertingen (county Dillingen). He studied physics at Ulm University, earning his PhD here as well. He started his career at an international consulting firm and switched to the alumni industry in 2002. There he held various management positions, most recently as president of Novelis Europe in Zurich. Wieland sees itself as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of semi-finished copper goods, for use in the fields of electronics, automobiles, air conditioning and construction. They have also been confronted with antitrust suits.
Link to the original report from the "Südwest Presse" (in German only)