Bossard has appointed Dr Frank Hilgers as the future Manager of business units in the North and East European economic area, including Germany, Scandinavia, Poland and other eastern European growth markets, effective 1 May 2019.
Dr Hilgers will take over this area of responsibility from Dr Daniel Bossard, in addition to his previous group-wide responsibility for the category management. Dr Hilgers has been responsible for the growth area of global category management and the distribution brands of high-quality fastening solutions for six years. He has also held a spot on the executive committee since 2015.
On May 1, 2019, Dr. Daniel Bossard will take over operative management of the Bossard Group from longstanding CEO David Dean as he retires as part of the succession arrangement. The Board of Directors said the move stands for continuity and will ensure the continuation of the strategy of sustainably profitable growth of the Bossard Group with two internally proven and internationally experienced members of the executive committee.
“Dr. Frank Hilgers has an impressive track record,” said Chairman of the Board Dr. Thomas Schmuckli. “With his many years of industry and market experience he is the ideal person to drive growth in existing markets via innovative new technologies and services and in market niches.”
Dr. Frank Hilgers has managed the KVT-Fastening business units within the Bossard Group since 2012. From 2009 to 2012, he was responsible for distribution, product management and fastening technology division in the business management of KVT-Koenig. From 2007 to 2009, at Continental he held responsibility for all the national organizations of the spare parts business and Key Account Management for the Commercial & Special Vehicle division.
From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Frank Hilgers was manager of the group strategy and corporate development of Siemens VDO Automotive during its turnaround and the sale of this Siemens division. As Senior Manager for Strategy from 1997 to 2004, Dr. Frank Hilgers managed international large-scale projects at Andersen Consulting (today Accenture) and was responsible for automotive suppliers and the shareholder value initiative in the German-speaking countries.