The world’s largest family-run industrial gases specialist, Messer SE & Co. KGaA (Messer), has seen its management board joined by international management specialist Bernd Eulitz, who will oversee the international business arm of the company alongside CEO Stefan Messer.

Having previously held the position of CEO at a German MDAX (a German stock index) company, new Deputy CEO Eulitz brings to Messer more than 20 years of experience in the industrial gases sector. 

Referring to Eulitz as a man of ‘high integrity and an experienced manager’, Stefan Messer commented on the new hire, stating that the company shareholders, Supervisory Board and Management board are pleased with the appointment. 

He added, “His extensive experience in international management and strategy will be very valuable to us in shaping Messer’s continued future as a successful, sustainable and diverse family business.” 

The new Deputy CEO joins a management board that has been bolstered by fresh faces over the past year; having been previously responsible for Business Development and Strategic Planning, Helmut Kaschenz has served as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since the beginning of 2022. 

Equipped with over 25 years of experience in corporate and institutional banking, Kaschenz replaced previous CFO Dr. Uwe Bechtoif. 

The company’s current Management Board comprises of Messer, Eulitz and Kaschez, along with Chief Operations Officer Ernst Bode, who has worked for Messer since 1988.