Having recently turned 70 years old, it was announced today that Professor Dr Jörg Sennheiser will be handing over the chair of the supervisory board of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG to Dr Frank Heinricht, as of 1st January 2015.
Since joining the family-owned company in 1976 as director of technology, Dr Sennheiser’s contribution has been instrumental to the audio company. He took over management of the family business as executive shareholder in 1982 and, during his time at the helm, Sennheiser developed to an international brand, which today has over 2,500 employees across the globe and is active in more than 60 countries.
Frank Heinricht has been Chairman of the Board of Management of Schott AG since 2013 and became a member of the supervisory board of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG five years ago.
In withdrawing as chairman of the supervisory board, Jörg Sennheiser is placing the management of the company into the hands of the third Sennheiser generation with his sons Daniel and Andreas, who have been running the company as CEOs since July 2013.
Commenting on the changeover in the supervisory board, Jörg Sennheiser said: “My goal has always been to pass a healthy, thriving company on to the next generation. The company’s independence is our most precious asset - the family is committed to pursuing its strategy without any influence from third parties, a strategy that focuses on absolute customer orientation, technical innovation and first-class quality. This is an aim I have always pursued, and it is the basis of the decades of success that we have enjoyed and will enjoy in the future.”
Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser added: “Dr Heinricht has a profound technical expertise and brings experience in managing large family-owned companies to his new role. We are very happy that he is taking over as chairman of the supervisory board of the Sennheiser Group."