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ULRICH CRAMER BECOMES NORDMANN’S COMMERCIAL MANAGING DIRECTOR
Hamburg, April 3, 2023
The Management Board of Georg Nordmann Holding Aktiengesellschaft (GNH) is delighted to announce that as of April 1, Ulrich Cramer assumed his role as NORDMANN’s Commercial Managing Director. In so doing, he takes charge of Controlling, Human Resources & Organization, Information Technology, Logistics & Warehousing and Tax & Accounting. Alongside NORDMANN’s Managing Director Gerd Bergmann, Mr. Cramer will be shaping the Group’s worldwide growth.
“In Ulrich Cramer, we have gained an extremely competent and experienced new Commercial Managing Director. His expertise is a perfect match for NORDMANN’s strategic objectives and expansive growth path,” enthused Irina Zschaler, CEO of GNH. GNH’s CFO Marco Bröning adds: “In particular, his international orientation, which he has demonstrated on numerous occasions, is of great benefit to us in setting up and expanding global organizational structures, especially in the commercial divisions of NORDMANN. As a strong business and sparring partner, Ulrich Cramer will support his Co-Managing Director with his commercial expertise”. Managing Director Gerd Bergmann also warmly welcomes Ulrich Cramer: “On a personal level, I am looking forward to engaging in a fruitful collaboration with Mr. Cramer, and I wish him a great start with us at NORDMANN in the beautiful city of Hamburg.”
Ulrich Cramer has held several operational and strategically minded positions for over 15 years now, spending the last seven at the helm of a middle-sized group in the electrical industry. His expertise as a business developer and motivator also go far beyond traditional commercial management, as he brings experience in logistics, services, manufacturing, quality management and global OEM operations to the table as well.
Having brought Mr. Cramer on board the NORDMANN management team will now provide the company with everything necessary to overcome the challenges posed by a constantly changing market. It will also allow the business to focus on its growth strategy and thus successfully secure the future of the Group.
FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2023
Hamburg, March 8, 2023
“Women follow Women” Irina Zschaler, CEO of Georg Nordmann Holding, shares exciting insights on her recipe for success for women in business.
THE GEORG NORDMANN HOLDING GROUP MOURNS THE PASSING OF EDGAR E. NORDMANN
Hamburg, March 8, 2023
Death is, in a sense, an impossibility that suddenly becomes a reality. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Deeply saddened, the staff of Georg Nordmann Holding Aktiengesellschaft (GNH) and its subsidiaries Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH (Nordmann) and ROWA GROUP Holding GmbH (ROWA) bid farewell to their chief manager Edgar E. Nordmann. He passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at the age of 83 on March 8, 2023 in Kuala Lumpur and was buried on the same day in Malaysia. Until 2016, Edgar E. Nordmann was one of the managing directors of Nordmann as well as ROWA and was the chairman of the GNH board. Following his retirement from operational management, he always maintained interest in the group of companies as an owner.
As the eldest son of the Nordmann family, after completing a commercial apprenticeship at Petersen & Co., he began working for Nordmann in 1963 and developed a passion for Asia and rubber there right from the very start. In 1973, he was appointed to senior management alongside his father Georg Nordmann. Sharing joint management responsibilities later with his brother Carsten Nordmann, the third generation of the family undersaw the development of Nordmann’s already longstanding import of rubber and raw cocoa into what is today: a globally operating group of companies. Edgar E. Nordmann was responsible, among other things, for growing and expanding the company’s chemical distribution business into Eastern Europe – establishing the first Nordmann subsidiaries there after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The Georg Nordmann Holding Group now has companies all across Europe, as well as in Asia and North America.
“Through his vision, competence and great personal commitment, Edgar E. Nordmann established Nordmann as a multinational company. He was a gifted networker,” recalls Managing Director Dr. Gerd Bergmann on behalf of Nordmann. “I developed strong personal connections to him through our shared passion for rubber.”
Together with Udo Müller, Edgar E. Nordmann also built ROWA into a multinational manufacturer and compounder of plastics, special coatings and blowing agent compounds with several production facilities located in Germany, the USA and Asia. ROWA’s Managing
Director, Kai Müller, comments: “Edgar E. Nordmann was a visionary and person of great courage, energy, ambition and joy. Combined with an open and positive attitude, this gave him a distinctly balanced and very approachable personality. With his gregarious manner and optimistic way of thinking, he motivated and provided guidance to many of us.”
Irina Zschaler, CEO of GNH, gives voice to the grief and sympathies of the entire staff: “We will always remember and appreciate Edgar E. Nordmann for being the dedicated, philanthropic and successful CEO and managing director he was – as well as an attentive advisor, supportive mentor and generous friend. His personable nature will remain unforgotten among our staff. We will miss Edgar E. Nordmann in his inimitable presence.”
An exceptional personality
Edgar E. Nordmann stood for innovation, future-oriented thinking and social responsibility. His gift for always treating employees, business partners, service providers and competitors with the utmost respect and friendliness created a trust-filled and ever-positive atmosphere.
In keeping with the Nordmann family tradition, he took on a number of different honorary offices. For decades he held leading positions in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the OAV (East Asian Association), the VCH (German Chemical Trade Association), the APA (Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business), the Fecc (European Association of Chemical Distributors), the ICTA (International Chemical Trade Association), the RTA (Rubber Trade Association) and the NACD (National Association of Chemical Distributors), among others. He also applied his deep ties to Malaysia to decades of service as Malaysian Honorary Consul General for Hamburg (1985-1995) and subsequently for Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony (1996-2023).
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Nordmann in 2012, and in memory of their parents, the siblings Edgar E. Nordmann, Carsten Nordmann and Anneke Pahl joined efforts to establish the Inge & Georg Nordmann Foundation – enabling disadvantaged youth in their hometown of Hamburg to engage in educational, artistic and cultural pursuits.
Edgar E. Nordmann was a worldly entrepreneur from Hamburg, now leaving behind a great gap in our ranks.
The GNH Board of Directors
Irina Zschaler and Marco Bröning
CONCENTRATION ON OPERATIVE MATRIX STRUCTURE AT THE GEORG NORDMANN HOLDING AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Hamburg, February 11, 2019 – Clear structures shown on the new homepage www.georg-nordmann.com
Irina Zschaler has been concentrating on the chairmanship of the board of the Georg Nordmann Holding Aktiengesellschaft (GNH) since January 2019 and has been managing the GNH and its affiliated companies in an operative matrix structure together with her colleague on the board, Marco Bröning. Whereas Marco Bröning is in charge of the Finance and Controlling portfolios, Irina Zschaler continues to be responsible for the Sales and Marketing portfolios.
The far-sighted objective of strengthening the synergies between the group divisions and the clear structure of the GNH is presented lucidly on the revamped website www.georg-nordmann.com.
Irina Zschaler explains the next strategic fields: “We are paying particular attention to finding innovative business models that are suitable for GNH but which may well come from complementary sectors. We are on the lookout for further strings to our bow that offer synergies and whose potentials we can exploit without any preconceived conclusions.” Marco Bröning goes on to add: “One of the most exciting challenges we face in the near future will be the ongoing digitization and the associated adaptation of communicative and technical options. The processes should be able to cater for a multi-dimensional world so that we can operate safely in the future.”
The GNH and its companies, Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH as well as ROWA GROUP Holding GmbH, together take up the challenges of a market that is becoming increasingly international and consolidated and offer long-term, innovative product and service solutions for their business partners in a wide variety of industries.
About Irina Zschaler
Having joined Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH in 1989, Irina Zschaler passed through various industries in Sales before assuming responsibility for its subsidiaries in Central and Eastern Europe in 2012. She was a Member of the Management Board until 2018 and was also voted onto the Board of Directors of GNH in 2016; she has concentrated on the chairmanship of this since 1.1.2019.
About Marco Bröning
The experienced Finance, Human Resources and Managing Director joined GNH in July 2017 and took responsibility for the Finance und Controlling portfolios. He was able to gain his far-reaching expertise in various executive posts for the globally active consumer goods companies Dole and General Mills.
About the Georg Nordmann Holding AG
The strong, family-owned group of companies from Hamburg is involved in international distribution with the firm of Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH and its subsidiaries. Extensive product and service solutions for the global plastics processing chemicals industry are offered for specific target groups, customized on request, in collaboration with ROWA GROUP Holding GmbH and its subsidiaries.
CHANGES TO GEORG NORDMANN HOLDING AG AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES
Hamburg, 1 October 2018 – New hires join executive board of Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH and ROWA GROUP Holding GmbH / NRC’s new International Finance division to be led by Felix Kruse; Finance & Control-ling run at RGH by Götz-Friedrich Wedde since March 2018.
The Board of Directors of Georg Nordmann Holding AG (GNH) are pleased to announce the following organizational changes to both the GNH Board of Directors and to the senior management teams of subsidiary companies Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH (NRC) and ROWA GROUP Holding GmbH (RGH):
As of 1 January 2019, Irina Zschaler will cease serving a dual role in the management of NRC and on the GNH Board of Directors and will instead concentrate solely on her activities as GNH’s Chief Executive Officer of Sales & Marketing. Together with her GNH Board colleague Marco Bröning, who has been responsible for Finance & Controlling within GNH since the summer of 2017, Mrs. Zschaler will manage GNH and its affiliated companies according to a new matrix structure.
The organizational structure of NRC’s management team will be adapted to the GNH matrix and divided into three areas of responsibility: International Business, International Services and In-ternational Finance. International Business will be led by Dr. Gerd Bergmann, who will also serve as Chairman of the Managing Board for the senior management team. Carsten Güntner, who will be appointed Managing Director as of 1 October 2018, will be responsible for managing International Services. Additionally, Felix Kruse will assume his role as Managing Director and head of the International Finance division with effect from 1 October 2018.
Mr. Kruse, with a master degree in International Relations, also brings extensive experience as Senior Controller at Marquard & Bahls AG and from his most recent employment as Managing Director of Tirex Petrol SA in Chisinau, Moldavia.
“We warmly welcome Felix Kruse to our corporate group and congratulate Carsten Güntner on his new position as Managing Director,” stated CEO Irina Zschaler, looking forward to the start of the new collaboration.
The management of RGH has been based on a matrix organizational structure since March 2018. Kai Müller is responsible for Sales, Marketing & Production and Götz-Friedrich Wedde for Fi-nance & Controlling.
These structural adjustments will allow GNH, NRC and RGH to best respond to current market challenges, enable even stronger growth and secure the future of the corporate group as a whole.
MARCO BRÖNING JOINS THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF GEORG NORDMANN HOLDING AG
Hamburg, 3 July 2017 – Headquartered in Hamburg, the international Georg Nordmann Holding AG will now be focusing even more strongly on the Group’s growth – now with a board of directors that has been expanded to include two members.
As of 1 July 2017, Marco Bröning (46) will assume his role as a member of the Executive Board, along with responsibility for both Finance and Controlling. Bröning, born in Northern Germany, has many years of experience in finance, HR and as managing director of two global con-sumer goods groups: Dole and General Mills.
Irina Zschaler (47) has been part of the Georg Nordmann Holding AG’s current Execu-tive Board for a year now and will be shifting her focus to sales and marketing in the fu-ture. The newly-established Executive Board is committed to reflecting the markets more closely, to working through entrepreneurial challenges with a high level of involvement, and to making active use of all the Group’s synergies.
“We warmly welcome Marco Bröning to the Executive Board,” says Zschaler, in greeting to her fellow board member. “His extensive experience in different sectors and on inter-national playing fields will be of particular value to our future growth targets. We share the conviction that, with the right mix of expertise, passion and appreciation, we can tackle our future tasks successfully together – for all of the companies of Georg Nord-mann Holding AG.”
Bröning also sees his focus here: “Having been appointed to the Executive Board makes it possible for me to contribute my long-standing and broad-ranging experience of global-ly-operating companies to the benefit of Georg Nordmann Holding AG, and towards safeguarding the future prospects of all its associated companies. I am looking forward to helping lead this highly successful family business along its strategic and sustainably-focused growth path.”
IRINA ZSCHALER BECOMES NEW MEMBER OF MANAGEMENT BOARD GABRIELE HENKE ENTERS RETIREMENT
Hamburg, 29th June 2016 – The Management Board of Georg Nordmann Holding AG is pleased to announce that as of 1st July 2016 Irina Zschaler (46) becomes new Management Board member of Georg Nordmann Holding AG. At the same time she remains Managing Director of Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH. Irina Zschaler is the successor to Gabriele Henke (64) who will be retiring with effect from 31st July 2016.
Irina Zschaler started her career in August 1989 as an apprentice at the Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH. After working in Food and Coatings technical sales she soon took over senior sales positions in the Coatings and Composites departments. Since 2012 she was responsible for the subsidiaries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and successfully realigned this business unit. Last October, she took over the co-management of Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH for the divisions “Life Sciences” and “Coatings & Construction” as well as finance, IT, and for the subsidiaries CEE, Neoquimica S.A. (Portugal) and prochem AG (Switzerland).
“Irina Zschaler is our first choice for the successor on the board,” said Edgar E. Nordmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Georg Nordmann Holding AG. “Since 1989 she has acquired comprehensive experience in various different divisions and developed a high level of expertise. In addition, she maintains excellent relationships with our customers and suppliers and knows their needs best. We are very pleased about expanding her area of responsibility.”
After more than 30 years with Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH, having been Managing Director since 2008 and Management Board member of Georg Nordmann Holding AG since 2014, Gabriele Henke will be entering retirement at the end of July“.
We would like to take this opportunity of thanking her warmly for her many years of exceptionally successful and committed work on behalf of the NRC Group. In the crucial years of its development, she has helped the NRC Group to become an internationally successful chemicals distributor and made a major contribution to the company,’ said Edgar E. Nordmann.
Edgar E. Nordmann, Dr. Gerd Bergmann and Carsten Güntner continue as members of the Management Board of Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH, their roles otherwise remaining unchanged.