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Hans-Jürgen Wiecha new CFO of the Xella Group

Duisburg, 26 February 2015. Hans-Jürgen Wiecha, 52, is joining the management board of the Xella Group as the new chief financial officer with effect from 1 March 2015. He is taking over the position from Heiko Karschti, 47, who is leaving the company on the best terms by mutual agreement at the end of February 2015.

Hans-Jürgen Wiecha has many years of experience as a CFO at large, listed companies, most recently at the Swiss firm SCHMOLZ+BICKENBACH AG, where he was responsible for implementing a performance improvement programme, among other things. During his time at Gerresheimer AG from 2000 to 2012, Mr Wiecha initially spent seven years in the area of private equity before assuming responsibility for the initial public offering and the successful positioning of the company on the capital market.

The business economist began his career in 1989 at the accounting firm now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers AG and then held several commercial positions in a managerial capacity within the VEBA Öl AG Group between 1993 and 2000.

Xella wishes to thank Mr Karschti for his long-standing and successful service at the company.

A photo of Hans-Jürgen Wiecha is available to download in the press area at

The Xella Group manufactures and distributes building materials (Ytong and Hebel autoclaved aerated concrete, Silka calcium silicate blocks, Multipor mineral insulation boards), gypsum fibreboards, cement-bonded dry lining panels and fire-resistant boards (Fermacell and Fermacell Aestuver) and lime (Fels). Xella generated a turnover of around 1.25 thousand million euros in 2013 with 7,200 employees. It is owned by the private equity firms PAI partners and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

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