New Head of Rotorion

Posted on February 20, 2008

As of March 1, 2008, Dr. Heike Hanagarth will be the new Head of Tognum’s Rotorion business unit, which is part of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.
Friedrichshafen, 20 February 2008. As of March 1, 2008, Dr. Heike Hanagarth will be the new Head of Tognum’s Rotorion business unit, which is part of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH. Hanagarth has been appointed from within the Tognum Group; until now she has been responsible for the worldwide establishment and development of quality and risk management at Group headquarters. At Rotorion, she will replace Fridolin Ebert, who is due to retire for age reasons.

Hanagarth was born in 1959, is married, and has a son. After studying mechanical engineering in Karlsruhe, she started her career in 1988 as assistant to the management of the Mannheim commercial vehicles engine plant of Daimler AG. In 1998, she moved to MTU Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance as head of engine and main component assembly. In that position, she was put in charge of reorganizing the company’s entire production process comprising assembly, test benches and paint shop with 500 employees. Hanagarth’s focus was on implementing new quality standards as well as reducing throughput times and costs. In the year 2005, Hanagarth took over the worldwide quality management of engine and propeller shaft production. And in 2007, within the framework of corporate reorganization and the initial public offering, she was given responsibility for the worldwide establishment and development of the Tognum Group’s quality and risk management.

Upon the appointment of Heike Hanagarth as Head of Rotorion, the Tognum Board of Management member responsible for Rotorion, Christof von Branconi, stated, “Due to her many years as a competent and successful executive with great experience in terms of both operations and strategy, Dr. Hanagarth is the ideal person to achieve all of Rotorion’s targets. She has all the required qualities to implement the planned separation of our drive shaft business operations into an independent company under the name of Rotorion, which will take effect on July 1, 2008. The separation of these business activities into an independent limited company is necessary on the one hand to better fulfill the varying customer demands of the automobile manufacturers. On the other hand, through its independence as a separate company, Rotorion will be more open for the possibility of strategic cooperation with external partners in the future.”

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Together with Detroit Diesel, mtu is the core brand of Tognum.

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH supplies diesel engines and complete drive systems for ships, heavy land and rail vehicles, industrial applications and decentralized power generation plants. Covering diesel engines from 20 kW to 9,100 kW and gas turbines, the range of products is one of the most modern and wide-ranging in the sector. And to control and monitor its engines and drive plants, the company develops and manufactures its own custom-tailored electronic systems.

Tognum is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high speed diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for ships, heavy land and rail vehicles and of industrial drive systems as well as decentralized power plants, set-up in the two divisions mtu Engines and Tognum Onsite Energy Systems and Components. Its product portfolio includes diesel engines in the power range from 20 to 9,100 kW, gas engine systems, gas turbines and fuel cells and is one of the most modern and comprehensive in its sector. In addition, the group develops and manufactures custom-made electronic control and monitoring systems for its engines and propulsion systems.

Sales of the Tognum Group amounted to EUR 2.5 billion in 2006. Today, the Group employs more than 8,000 personnel worldwide. It maintains a global sales and distribution network including 22 subsidiaries, more than 130 distribution partners and 1,100 authorized dealers.
Wolfgang Boller Spokesman Regional and Business Media
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