Image - Left: Jonas Brennwald, Right: Thomas Fuhr

The Grohe AG supervisory board has appointed Thomas Fuhr as the new Chief Executive Officer of Grohe AG. In addition, Jonas Brennwald, currently Chief Sales Officer, takes on the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG and joins the GROHE Executive Board.

Michael Mager, Executive Director Human Resources & Organization, and Stefan Gesing, Chief Financial Officer remain members of the GROHE Executive Board.

"These leadership appointments are effective immediately and follow the resignation of Michael Rauterkus as Chief Executive Officer of GROHE and Chief Executive Officer of LIXIL Water Technology EMENA.“GROHE can look back on an outstanding growth path," comments Bijoy Mohan, Chief Executive Officer of LIXIL International.

"We are now adapting our organisational structure to ensure continuous growth in the EMENA region. I am very pleased to announce Thomas Fuhr as the new CEO of GROHE. He is an experienced and successful leader in Operations and Technology and will help drive the integration of GROHE’s manufacturing and technology assets into the global LIXIL footprint."

Jonas Brennwald will be responsible for growing GROHE’s business in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa while leveraging LIXIL’s global capabilities, assets and brands.

“I am very pleased to have Jonas on the leadership team for GROHE and leading the LIXIL Water Technology EMENA business region," continues Bijoy. "He will be integral to continuing to drive GROHE’s growth.

“An important aspect will be to deepen our customer relationships and make even better use of our extensive network’s potential across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.”

After more than 12 years, Michael Rauterkus, Chief Executive Officer Grohe AG, leaves GROHE on his own request. Since joining in November 2006, Michael Rauterkus has encouraged the professionalisation of sales and has been successfully contributing to the company’s positive development, initially as head of the Central Europe sales region and Managing Director of Grohe Germany, and since June 2009, as President of Europe.

In October 2011, he became Chief Sales Officer of Grohe AG, responsible for the regions EMEA and the Americas and in 2015 was appointed CEO of GROHE. Under his leadership, GROHE grew in EMENA twice the market growth during the last 5 years – through innovation in technology and the introduction of full bathroom solutions.

"We would like to thank Michael Rauterkus for his great commitment, which is the basis for GROHE’s innovative power and steady success," says Bijoy Mohan. "Under his leadership, GROHE has become a global market leader in this industry.”