Stuttgart, Germany – On March 31, 2017, after 28 years with the company, Dr. Werner Struth (60) will be retiring from his current position as member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Most recently, Struth was responsible for the Industrial Technology business sector, with its Packaging Technology and Drive and Control Technology divisions. He was also responsible for the Americas, for manufacturing coordination, and for occupational health and safety and environmental protection. His position will not fall vacant. Instead, his tasks will be redistributed among the other board members. Struth has been a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH since January 2012.
Profound expertise and persuasive manner
The shareholders and supervisory board expressed their thanks to Struth for his many years of good service with Robert Bosch GmbH. In the course of his Bosch career, Struth was president of the Chassis Systems Control division (2005 to 2012) and a member of the executive management of the Diesel Systems division (2002 to 2005). Before that, Struth also worked for several years at Bosch Braking Systems Co. Ltd. in Japan.
“With his profound expertise and his down-to-earth, persuasive manner, Werner Struth earned himself respect within and beyond the company – among associates, customers, and business partners,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “He is not only an expert in his field, but was also always someone who made the company values his own, in everything he did.”
“Over the course of his successful career in many Bosch units, Werner Struth took on responsibility and inspired many strategic initiatives. The supervisory board and the shareholders owe him a debt of thanks,” adds Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the supervisory board at Robert Bosch GmbH. “As a manufacturing expert, for example, he championed Industry 4.0. During his time as a board of management member, Bosch has taken great strides toward becoming a leading Industry 4.0 provider and user.”
Struth’s areas of responsibility will be reassigned as follows: Dr. Stefan Hartung will assume responsibility for the Industrial Technology business sector and for manufacturing coordination. Dr. Markus Heyn will be responsible for the Americas, and Christoph Kübel will take on responsibility for occupational health and safety and environmental protection.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.