BSH Hausgeräte appoints new CEO

BSH Hausgeräte has announced that Dr. Karsten Ottenberg left the company last week and it has appointed Uwe Raschke (pictured) as the new CEO.

58-year-old Mr Ottenberg had been in the position at BSH since 2013; he successfully linked up BSH with the Bosch Group. He left the company on his own request for personal reasons on 30 June.

Also at the end of June, BSH’s Chief Financial Officer, Johannes Närger, retired from the company. Mr Närger had been a member of the BSH Board of Management since 2009. His successor will be announced shortly. Matthias Ginthum, the Chief Markets Officer at BSH, will assume temporary responsibility for financial affairs.

Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch and new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BSH, commented: “We would like to thank Karsten Ottenberg and Johannes Närger for their many years of dedication and valuable work in the service of BSH. Karsten Ottenberg made a significant contribution to BSH’s strategy of digitalisation and greater regional responsibility. And, for more than 10 years, Johannes Närger did great work as the CFO of BSH. We wish him the very best for his retirement and the future.

“In the shape of Uwe Raschke, BSH will be led by a Bosch executive with international experience and proven expertise in the consumer goods field. He will be an important source of inspiration for taking the company forward.”

Mr Ottenberg said: “Over the past six years, we have successfully turned BSH into a consumer-centered company whose smart combinations of innovative hardware, software, and services improve people’s quality of life worldwide. I am leaving the company for personal reasons and with the peace of mind that BSH is excellently positioned to go from strength to strength in the future.”

Following his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Management of BSH, Mr Raschke will remain a member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH. In this function, he is responsible for the Bosch business sector Consumer Goods, which includes Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH in addition to BSH. He is also responsible for coordinating the group’s activities in Europe and Africa. Effective today, he is resigning from his post as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH.