Hans-Joachim Herzog steps down from Arvato Executive Board
He will also resign all other offices within Arvato.
Arvato logistics services businesses in Germany managed by Hans-Joachim Herzog will become the direct responsibility of Hartmut Ostrowski (48), Chairman of the Arvato Executive Board. The areas of responsibility of Ralf Bierfischer (43, Arvato distribution GmbH), Thorsten Thiel (39, Arvato distribution GmbH) and Frank Schirrmeister (40, Arvato technology GmbH), all of whom are Managing Directors of Arvato logistics services, will not be affected by this reorganization. Stephan Schierke (39), until now Senior Vice President of Vereinigte Verlagsauslieferung (VVA) and Managing Director of Verlegerdienst München, will take over as Managing Director of Arvato media GmbH.
Rolf Buch (41), Chief Executive Officer of Arvato direct services and Member of the Arvato Executive Board, will head Arvato’s international services business. He and Hans-Joachim Herzog previously shared this function.
Following completion of his PhD at the University of Münster in 1981, Hans-Joachim Herzog started his professional career as assistant to the Executive Board at Bertelsmann Club. After having held several different positions in marketing and sales, he joined the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Club in 1990. In 1992, Hans-Joachim Herzog switched to Bertelsmann Distribution as Executive Director. In 2002, Herzog joined the Arvato Executive Board, becoming Chief Executive Officer of Arvato logistics services.
"The Executive Board thanks Hans-Joachim Herzog for his successful work, creativity and commitment over the past several years. He has left his entrepreneurial and strategic stamp on our logistics business and successfully advanced our internationalization efforts. I wish him all the best for the future,” says Hartmut Ostrowski.
Responsibilities in Arvato’s printing division will also be reorganized. In addition to his other tasks, Markus Dohle (38), Chief Executive Officer of the Mohn media Group and Member of the Arvato Executive Board, will assume responsibility for the international print business from Hartmut Ostrowski effective January 1, 2007.
With more than 270 subsidiaries worldwide, Arvato is one of the biggest internationally networked media and communication service providers. In fiscal 2005, the group of companies that is part of Bertelsmann AG generated sales of € 4.37 bn. Arvato’s worldwide subsidiaries currently employ more than 45,000 people. Arvato comprises the Arvato print companies (e.g. Mohn media and numerous printers in Europe and America), the divisions Arvato direct services (e.g. customer loyalty systems and service center services), Arvato logistics services (logistics/supply chain management), Arvato storage media (e.g. production of CD-ROMs, DVDs and audio CDs) and Arvato systems (international provider of qualified and customized IT services) as well as empolis, a leading provider of company-wide content and knowledge management solutions, and the mobile entertainment provider Arvato mobile with its handy.de and TJ.net brands.
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