Klaus Grohe steps down

77 year old Klaus Grohe of Hansgrohe, Chairman of Supervisory Board will step down after 30 years in the role to become honourary chair. He will be succeeded by Klaus Jaenecke, 59, who has been on the Supervisory Board since March 2014. Pierre Nicolas Grohe, 39, will run for election in the Supervisory Board, as a representative of Syngroh, the holding company of the Klaus Grohe family. Klaus Grohe will continue to be closely linked to the company as honourary chairman of the Supervisory Board. “With entrepreneurial vision, his passion for the element of water, and his enthusiasm for innovation, Klaus Grohe and his team have succeeded in reinventing Hansgrohe time and again - and, in doing so, they gave a great deal of key impetus to the development of bathrooms across the globe,” says Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hansgrohe SE. He continued: “Under Klaus Grohe’s leadership, the company developed from a small German drainage specialist into the most innovative global player in the sanitation industry.” Klaus Grohe, born in 1937 is the youngest son of Hans Grohe and joined his father’s company in 1968. Initially placed in charge of sales, he took over the management of the bathroom and sanitation specialist in 1975, a position which – following the conversion into a non-listed stock corporation – he held until 2008. He has since been Chairman of the Supervisory Board. As one of the industry’s pioneers, Klaus Grohe’s close collaboration with external designers such as Hartmut Esslinger, Andreas Haug, Tom Schönherr and Philippe Starck enabled him to bring what is known as good design to the bathroom as early as the late 1960’s.