Generational transition Günther appoints Dr. Stefan Sommer as Managing Director

Source: Günther Hot Runner Technology

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Dr. Stefan Sommer has joined the management board of the Günther Group at the beginning of 2023. He will oversee Günther Heisskanaltechnik GmbH and its subsidiaries together with Siegrid Sommer, who was appointed to the management board by company founder Herbert Günther in 2004.

At the request of company founder Herbert Günther, Dr. Stefan Sommer (right) has joined the management of Günther Heisskanaltechnik at the beginning of 2023.
At the request of company founder Herbert Günther, Dr. Stefan Sommer (right) has joined the management of Günther Heisskanaltechnik at the beginning of 2023.
(Source: Fotografische Werkstatt, Katharina Jaeger/ Günther)

The hot runner technology specialist Günther, has appointed a new Managing Director. Physicist Dr. Stefan Sommer joined the Günther Group in 2018 and has since held various positions there — for example, assistant to the management and head of research and development for control technology — as well as being entrusted with administrative tasks. In 2019, he was granted power of attorney.

On April 1, 2024, Siegrid Sommer will move to the company's advisory board. This will be accompanied by her withdrawal from the management board. Herbert Günther, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Günther-Holding, says with regard to the smooth transition in the management: “Siegrid Sommer has led the company to where it is today with a technical mind, intuition and a feeling for people as well as with assertiveness. Stefan Sommer, in turn, as a doctor of physics, is ideally suited for the task of managing the company in view of the challenges of the future and is the successor he wanted. Herbert Günther says that Dr. Sommer has been familiar with the company for a long time.

As a physics student, he had already written his bachelor's thesis on “Coating technology thermocouples for innovative hot runner nozzles” in the company's research laboratory, and as early as 2021, in thanking the workforce on his 80th birthday, he, Herbert Günther, had announced that Dr. Sommer would be appointed to the management team and would take it over completely in 2024. “In his first years at Günther, Dr. Sommer worked in all departments to get a comprehensive picture of all procedures and processes. Through direct cooperation at all levels, Dr. Sommer was quickly integrated into the most important decision-making processes and optimally prepared for his new challenges,” says Herbert Günther.

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