Beginning in July 2014, Matthias Schmitz will succeed Ludger Heuberg as Group CFO and Member of the Executive Board at H.C. Starck, a leading global supplier of refractory technology metals and advanced ceramics based in Goslar, Germany.
After studying industrial engineering and earning a doctorate degree at the Technical University in Kaiserslautern, Schmitz began his professional career at KSB AG, where he became head of Group Controlling at the beginning of 1997. Five years later he moved to Mahle GmbH as Board Member of the Pistons and Engine Components Division. In 2007, he joined the Kion Group as Commercial Director of the Linde Material Handling GmbH.
“On behalf of the Executive Board, I warmly welcome Matthias Schmitz. We look forward to working together and we are confident that thanks to his longtime experience in the finance area he will make a lasting contribution to the positive development of the H.C. Starck Group,” stated Andreas Meier, CEO of H.C. Starck.
Heuberg, current Group CFO and Member of the Executive Board, will leave the H.C. Starck Group at the beginning of July 2014 to pursue new business opportunities outside of the Group. He will still, however, serve in an advisory role to the shareholders of H.C. Starck, Advent International and The Carlyle Group. Heuberg had asked the Supervisory Board of H.C. Starck to be relieved of his duties and the Supervisory Board, it was stated, accepted this request with regret.
Heuberg started his career at H.C. Starck in November 2010 as Chief Financial Officer of the Group. He has been very successfully leading important initiatives and projects worldwide in his area of responsibility and with that has made a significant contribution to the positive development of the H.C. Starck Group. “We thank Ludger Heuberg for his service to the H.C. Starck Group, his valuable contributions and his extensive personal efforts on the behalf of our company. We wish him well in his personal and professional future,” stated Engelbert Heimes, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.