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Stefan Klebert assumes the post of CEO of GEA

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World Fertilizer,

Stefan Klebert has become the Chairman of the Executive Board of the GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, a body that he joined on November 15, 2018.

His predecessor, Jürg Oleas, has left the company, as planned, after spending more than 14 years as head of the Group. Before joining GEA, Stefan Klebert served for 8 years as CEO of the Board of Management at the international industry group Schuler AG. He has also held management positions at various listed companies. He served as Managing Director of the elevator business at Schindler and as a member of the Industrial Services Board at thyssenkrupp. Stefan Klebert’s appointment to the GEA Executive Board runs through December 31, 2021.

“I have intensely used the last few weeks to get to know GEA, our technologies and our markets, and to talk with a broad range of customers and employees around the world,” Stefan Klebert said. “In the process, I have seen just how well positioned GEA is for the future in many industries. But we still have a lot of work to do. We will closely analyse the areas responsible for our lower earnings and take steps to improve the situation. We also have to prepare for a cooling investment climate. Together with the management team, we will carefully evaluate our fundamental position and our internal processes. I am looking forward to tackling these challenges together with the GEA team.”

GEA will announce an initial package of immediate measures during its financial press conference on March 14, 2019. An in-depth strategy update that will include designated CFO Marcus A. Ketter will follow.

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