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In a period of dynamic expansion, Hager Group has strengthened its management team with an internationally experienced top manager. In appointing Spaniard Luis de León Chardel aged 43, the company has gained an established organisation and production expert, who will support company growth in new market segments. As Senior Vice President Operations Services, starting immediately, de León Chardel is responsible for Global Sourcing, Logistics, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality and Operational Excellence. He reports directly to Chief Operating Officer (COO), Bertrand Schmitt, and takes over responsibilities of François Lhomme, who is now Senior Vice President Business Group Protection Devices.
The guiding philosophy of Lean Management is to continuously increase the added value for customers, while at the same time reducing waste in the process of value creation. De León Chardel has extensive experience in this approach and is passionate about using his and Hager Group’s know-how and skills to further global growth.
De León Chardel's previous appointments have taken this amateur pilot and father of four to many international locations, his most recent position being in Brussels with the American company Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. His area of responsibility was Supply Chain management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. De León Chardel consciously chose Hager Group, a European company with long-term goals and aspirations to be a global champion. He expressed his conviction that Hager Group adapts and develops, continuously exceeding customers’ expectations, possessing the ideal prerequisites for global success.
De León Chardel joins Hager Group in a period when it is undergoing fundamental change. From being a leading manufacturer in the electro-technical industry, the Group is currently moving towards being a provider of integrated solutions for diverse customer groups. He wants to promote further development within the Group of the necessary problem solving skills. De León Chardel explains, "For us this means nothing other than to keep building a learning organisation that systematically innovates by leveraging from mistakes, as well as successes."
About Hager Group
Hager Group is a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, industrial and commercial buildings. Their range runs from energy distribution through wiring accessories and safety technology to building automation.
As an independent, owner-managed family business, with its head office in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the leading innovators in the industry. The 11,400 Hager Group employees generated a turnover of around 1.6 billion euros in 2012. Its components and solutions are produced at 22 sites around the globe and are trusted by customers in more than 80 countries worldwide.