New CEO of BDR Thermea

Mr Schmitt will assume responsibilities on 18 April 2017. He succeeds Rob van Banning, who led the company successfully for a decade but unfortunately had to step down for health reasons at the end of 2016.

"I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead BDR Thermea Group”, commented Bertrand Schmitt after the announcement. "We're delighted that Bertrand has accepted the position”, added Arthur van der Poel, Chairman of BDR Thermea Groups's Supervisory Board.

"Bertrand has been a successful executive at Hager Group for more than 20 years and - at least as important - we believe he is a great fit to our values and culture at BDR Thermea Group." Bertrand Schmitt (1959) graduated at Karlsruhe University and has held senior management positions at Bosch and, since 1995, at Hager Group.

In 2008 he was appointed COO at Hager Group and has contributed to the growth of the business worldwide. He has dual French and German nationality.