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Management change unveiled at Harting Technology Group


Industry

October 26, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
Handing over the baton: Philip Harting (second from the left) succeeds his father Dietmar Harting as chairman of the board.

Handing over the baton: Philip Harting (second from the left) succeeds his father Dietmar Harting as chairman of the board.

Espelkamp, Germany — After almost 50 years in the management of the Harting Technology Group, Dietmar Harting (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) handed over the position of chairman of the board to his son Philip Harting on October 1, 2015. Dietmar Harting nevertheless remains a member of the company group’s board as a personally liable partner and will focus on matters concerning “the future and new technologies,” he said.

The Harting Technology Group is a leading global supplier of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of power, signal and data, with 12 production sites and subsidiaries in 42 countries.

Together with his sister Maresa Harting-Hertz, president finance and purchasing, Philip Harting represents the third generation of the family-owned company that was founded 70 years ago by his grandparents, Wilhelm and Marie Harting, in Minden. The company group has been headquartered in Espelkamp since the early 1950s.

“I am very delighted, together with my sister and supported by my parents and fellow board members, to continue my father’s successful work,” said Philip Harting.

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After completing an electrical engineering apprenticeship, Philip studied electrical engineering and business administration. In 2005, he assumed a position of responsibility at his parents’ company for the first time as managing director Asia in Hong Kong.

He has been head of the company’s largest business unit, Connectivity & Networks, since 2008. He and his sister Maresa were also appointed to the position of personally liable partners of the company group at the end of 2013.

“Handing over the baton to my son is a major step in the successful generational transition. With the new management line-up, we have set the course for the company’s successful future development,” explained Dietmar Harting.

The entrepreneur and honorary president of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) joined his parents’ company in 1967 and managed it together with his mother until 1987. After her death, he headed the company together with his wife Margrit, turning it into a market and technology leader in industrial connection technology.

Handing over the baton: Philip Harting (second from the left) succeeds his father Dietmar Harting as chairman of the board.