After 13 years as CEO of Bossard North America, Steen Hansen is leaving the Bossard Group. In addition, the Board of Directors has chosen David Jones to succeed him as of February 1, 2021.
Jones is a mechanical engineer with an MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After starting his carrier at General Motors, he joined the Sika Group in 1995 and rose through the ranks of the Automotive Division, starting as an application engineer in Michigan. He then moved into sales and was appointed Engineering Manager in Zurich, Switzerland. After four years in Switzerland, he returned to Michigan as a Key Account Manager, becoming VP of Engineering and was later promoted to Executive VP of Automotive & Industry in North America (2010-2013), ultimately headed up Sika’s global Automotive Division (2013-2020).
In David Jones, the Board noted that it has appointed a highly qualified and internationally experienced leader to manage and expand the North American market and wish him great success, and hoping that he will find his new assignment rewarding.
Furthermore, Steen Hansen is leaving the Bossard Group; the Board of Directors wishes Steen all the best for his future endeavours.
Rolf Ritter is taking on the new role of Head of Strategy & Business Development as well as being appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Bossard Group effective May 1, 2021.
Rolf Ritter returned to the Bossard Group on January 1, 2020, having served as CEO of Bossard France from 2004 to 2009. He is a dual Swiss-US citizen and has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He began his career as an internal consultant at SIG in Neuhausen, Switzerland. He then joined the Volkswagen Group to implement strategic logistics projects in Brazil and Mexico. After heading up Bossard France, Rolf Ritter became CEO of BDT Media Automation GmbH in Rottweil, Germany; a global technology leader in data archiving with production facilities in Germany, Mexico, China and Singapore. In 2014, he founded his own consulting firm in Miami, USA, and began investing in tech startups as well as providing strategic consulting to a number of companies in the area of mergers and acquisitions. At the same time, he taught information technology courses at the College of Business at Florida International University.
As Head of Strategy and Business Development, Rolf Ritter is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, startup screening, management of minority holdings, and support of implementing the new strategic Group initiatives.