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Merckle withdraws family from business operations

The Swabian businessman Adolf Merckle has reorganised his company empire and withdrawn all family members from business operations. This affects the head of the Ulm-based ratiopharm business, Philipp Daniel Merckle who had taken over the businesses of the ratiopharm group following scandals involving controversial sales practices.

Adolf Merckle, the 74-year-old entrepreneur from Blaubeuren, will combine the generics producer ratiopharm and the building material producer Heidelberg Cement as well as the big pharmaceutical company Phoenix under the roof of a single holding. Taken together, the three companies achieve sales revenues of approximately 30 billion euros and employ almost 100,000 people. The umbrella organisation will be led by a confidante of the Swabian tycoon – 49-year-old Bernd Scheifele, CEO of Heidelberg Cement. According to information provided by the company, Scheifele will not have a deputy.

Industrial engineer to lead ratiopharm

Oliver Windholz, another Heidelberg Cement manager, will become Philipp Merckle’s successor as chairman of the board of the ratiopharm group as of April 1st, 2008. The 41-year-old is an industrial engineer with a special focus on sales, skills that are important for company management.
Bernd Scheifele is the new head of the Merckle holding. (Photo: Heidelberg Cement)
Financial Times Germany quoted the new head of Merckle Holding as saying: “In family businesses, the interface between family and management is the most critical aspect. This new set-up will define the long-term interface.”

Pharmacist and business economist Philipp Daniel Mercke informed ratiopharm employees on 13th March that he will become a member of the advisory board of the ratiopharm group and devote himself to additional entrepreneurial tasks within his foundation “WORLD IN BALANCE”. It remains unclear whether this marketing campaign will be continued under the new ratiopharm boss.

The board of the new holding includes: Adolf, Ruth, Ludwig, Philipp, Tobias and Jutta Merckle as well as other external members.

Source: ratiopharm, 13.03.2008, (P) pers. information (wp, 18.03.2008)
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