As of now, Thorsten Schmidt will be taking over as chairman of the executive board of Heller Management SE and chairman of the management board of Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH enjoint capacity. As managing partner of the Kerkhoff Group GmbH, Düsseldorf, he has been advising HELLER since July 2022 and provides many years of experience in the machine tool industry. From October 2006 to December 2015, Mr. Schmidt was chief sales officer of Gildemeister AG, Bielefeld. Subsequently he was responsible for the further development of the US business as CEO at DMG MORI. Mr. Schmidt also headed a foundation of the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) committed to the support of young talents.