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Dr Wolfgang Weber, Vice President Communications and Government Relations Europe, Middle East and Africa at BASF, will join the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers´ Association ZVEI as Chief Executive Officer. As of 1 January 2020, he is to succeed Dr Klaus Mittelbach, who will leave the association at the end of 2019. "With Wolfgang Weber, the ZVEI has gained an exceptionally networked professional who has learnt association's work from the ground up and also has gathered sound industry experience at European level. Together with the Executive Board, he will further develop the association's strategic positioning and intensify the dialogue with the industry’s most important stakeholders," says ZVEI President Michael Ziesemer.
Weber believes that the electrical industry, as the leading sector of digitalisation, faces important chances and challenges: "Society is confronted with far-reaching changes: economic, technological and environmental. Digitalisation and electrification are the decisive levers for efficient and effective climate protection across all industries. The electrical and electronic industry is in a key position in this respect, which we as an association will support even further." With a PhD in chemistry, he has held various leadership positions at BASF since 2006, including head of the Brussels office. He started his career at the German Chemical Industry Association VCI.
The Executive Board would like to express its gratitude to Dr Mittelbach for the work he has accomplished. "During the past eleven years, Dr Mittelbach has significantly strengthened the reputation of ZVEI both in Germany and in Europe. The electrical industry is perceived as an important factor and driving force behind digitalisation in all its facets. His achievements can therefore not be appreciated highly enough," asserts Ziesemer.
The German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers´ Association ZVEI represents the common interests of the electrical industry and the associated service companies both in Germany and internationally. In 2018, the industry's turnover amounted to 193.5 billion euros. It currently employs 890,000 people in Germany and more than 766,000 abroad.