Karl-Heinz Wider leaves…

Karl-Heinz Wider leaves the ZOELLER group – Markus Dautermann takes over as new COO.

Our current Chief Operating Officer (COO), Karl-Heinz Wider, is leaving our company after 35 years of well-earned retirement.

In November 1985 Karl-Heinz Wider joined the ZOELLER Group as head of purchasing. During the many years in this function and also later as Head of Materials Management or as COO he was significantly involved in the very positive development and growth of ZOELLER Group. Since October 2007 Karl-Heinz Wider has been additionally responsible for the production of our standard lifter systems as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ZOELLER Systems s.r.o in Řičany/Czech Republic.

We do thank Karl-Heinz Wider very much for his constant and immensely dedicated commitment to our company and wish him all the best and good health for his new chapter.


Markus Dautermann will succeed as COO of the ZOELLER Group and CEO of ZOELLER Systems s.r.o from January 2020. Markus Dautermann has been part of the ZOELLER team since November 2008 and has worked as Quality Manager and Plant Manager in Germany and as COO in Řičany. In these fields he gained extensive knowledge and experience and actively influenced the growth of our group. Now it is important to continue this growth successfully in the future and to create the necessary structures. Markus Dautermann will continue to support our group in these positions. He will have his offices at the company headquarters in Mainz and in our lifter production plant in Řičany and will report to the CEO of the ZOELLER Group, Thomas Schmitz.

We wish Markus Dautermann all the best for his new tasks and ask you to continue to give him your full support and trust in the future.

Thank you very much.

Thomas Schmitz          Volker Schröder