D – Klio-Eterna has restructured its management and appointed new members. The realignment is following the loss of the Klio Eterna owner and CEO Hans Michael Höhner, who passed away totally unexpectedly on April 9, 2017.
On May 8, 2017, Edeltraud Syllwasschy, who is also an entrepreneur and Director of the Accounting Department at Klio-Eterna for over 20 years, was appointed managing partner. She is supported by Michael Gleich, a long-standing employee and close confidante of Höhner. The hitherto authorized signatory and injection moulding department head has been running the business of the company from the Black Forest alongside Edeltraud Syllwasschy since July 3, 2017 in his capacity as the company’s second Executive Director. The two managers, who both have sole power of representation, share the tasks of running the company – based on their focuses of activity to-date – and thus form the strategic head of the company: Whereas Syllwasschy, who was Höhner’s companion in both his private and business life for many years, concentrates her activities strongly on the commercial areas and the personnel matters of the company, Gleich focuses his attentions on the production processes of the branded writing instruments.
Furthermore, the management has been enhanced by Ralf Richter, who has a degree in business management as well as extensive experience in the sales area, and who has been supporting the traditional company in his capacity as the new Sales Director since July 1, 2017. Richter has many years of multifaceted experience in the development and structuring of business units and is responsible for the Marketing and Sales Department.
Klio-Eterna has stood for quality and precision in the manufacturing and embellishing of “made in Germany” writing instruments for almost 120 years. Several million ballpoints pens come off the conveyor belt at the location in Wolfach every year. The joint goal of the traditional firm is to concentrate on its key competences. In addition to the highest possible share of own production, the focus of the company’s management lies on sustainability. Regional partner companies, the involvement in social projects in the supply chain and resource-saving production techniques underline this claim and these aspects are to be further developed under the new management.