Alpla's new chief operations officer Walter Ritzer (left), and chief technology officer Klaus Allgäuer (right) ©Alpla
Austrian packaging manufacturer Alpla has announced that it will appoint two new board members – a new chief technology officer and a new chief operations officer – expanding the company’s board to five members.
Klaus Allgäuer will become the company’s new CTO, while Walter Ritzer will become the new COO, and both appointments will be effective from 1 July 2018.
Allgäuer has been at the company for 28 years, and he was responsible for product and technology development from 2003 to June 2018 as he served as the director of corporate technics during this time.
In his new role as CTO, Allgäuer will manage all of the company’s technical centres, as well as the research, development and innovation’ unit.
Meanwhile, Ritzer will be responsible for Alpla’s operational activities, including logistics, quality assurance and operational excellence in his new role.
Prior to his appointment, Ritzer most recently served as the head of Alpla’s extrusion blow-moulding unit, and has been at the company since 1997.
Alpla CEO Günther Lehner said: “With these changes, we are taking proactive steps with regard to the generational shift at the top level of the company.
“We are also establishing an appropriate management and organisational structure in order to remain well positioned in the highly dynamic market in the future and ensure the growth of our company.”
The appointments follow Alpla’s announcement last month that it would construct a new $21 million production facility in Dayton, Ohio, in order to expand its presence in the US.
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