June 22, 2017

Change in the Xella top management: Dr. Jens Kimmig appointed new Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Dr. Jens Kimmig (49) will assume the functions of the CFO of the Xella Group on July 1, 2017

Jürgen Wiecha, former CFO of the Xella Group, will leave the company on June 30, 2017 at his own request

CEO Fabritius: Dr. Kimmig is an experienced and dynamic CFO with a personality that fits perfectly with Xella. Together we will further strengthen the Group.

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Duisburg, June 22, 2017. In the management of the building material manufacturer Xella, which is mainly known for its brands Ytong, Silka and Multipor, Dr. Jens Kimmig assumes the responsibilities of the former CFO Jürgen Wiecha on July 1, 2017. The smooth transition guarantees the stability in the management and the continuation of the very positive volume and profitability growth path.
Dr. Kimmig, whose doctoral thesis at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz was about risk controlling, has been a CFO for more than 15 years. Most recently, he reorganized the financial planning of BSN medical, a global player in the marketing of high-quality medical products in Hamburg, and was responsible for the successful sale of the company. Prior to this, as a long-standing CFO of the Tank & Rast Group, he was responsible for the implementation of strategic and operational projects and the successful refinancing of the Group. Dr. Jochen Fabritius: "Xella is facing further changes that are coming through changing markets and which we are helping to shape through our transformation. Dr. Kimmig will enrich this process with his extensive expertise. I look forward to working with him."
Jürgen Wiecha, former CFO of the Xella Group, leaves the company on June 30, 2017 at his own request and in the best mutual agreement. He will continue to provide Xella with advice. Dr. Fabritius: "Jürgen Wiecha was a highly esteemed colleague who has made a valuable contribution to the profitable development of the group over the past two and a half years. I especially appreciated the intensive exchange.I wish Mr. Wiecha professionally and privately all the best!"
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About Xella

Xella Group is a leading, internationally operating solution provider of building materials and related industries, with sales of 1.33 billion euros (2016) and over 5,900 employees. Xella is one of the most profitable companies in the industry with earnings (EBITDA) of around 280 million euros (2016) and an EBITDA margin of some 21 percent (2016).

Xella is headquartered in Duisburg/Germany, with 95 plants in 20 countries and sales organizations in more than 30 countries. In many of its markets Xella holds leading positions.

The success of Xella is based on strong brands in the premium segment (e.g., Ytong or Fermacell), a superior service portfolio, a solid business model, and systematically expanded cost leadership.

Xella’s products are sustainable both in manufacture and use. Therefore, they make an important contribution to the construction of energy-efficient, high-quality buildings, and consequently to environmental protection and the conservation of resources.

Xella is led by an experienced management team consisting of Dr. Jochen Fabritius (CEO) and Dr. Jens Kimmig (CFO).

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