By PrintAction Staff
By PrintAction Staff
Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) has announced that Kilian Renschler, its current executive vice president of sales, has been named its new CEO and president. After 11 years leading Koenig & Bauer (US/CA), Mark Hischar is set to officially retire, effective Dec. 31, 2020.
“Kilian takes the reins at a time of strong, sustained performance, and we believe he has demonstrated the ability to continue Mark’s innovative vision and impressive holistic management style,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of the Koenig & Bauer Group. “As a seasoned executive, he has the perfect mix of skills and experience to drive the company’s continued success and lead us forward delivering strong financial and operational results, business development, and most important of all, providing the industry’s best customer experience.”
Renschler recently relocated to the Dallas area with his family. He will continue in Hischar’s footsteps, providing strong leadership to the company’s North American divisions, which includes sheetfed, web, digital, flexography, post-press and specialty printing. According to the company, he strongly believes in Hischar’s approach in integrating the sales and service departments to offer a complete solution from pre-installation through the entire life cycle of the investment.
“On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to thank and recognize Mark for his wisdom and leadership,” added Bolza-Schünemann. “He made an indelible mark on our business here in North America, providing strong guidance, a commitment to our customers, leadership, and new ideas as we maintained our strong growth. We are saddened to see him retire but we wish him and his family all the best.”
Renschler brings over 30 years of experience in the graphic arts industry to the role. He joined Koenig & Bauer in the fall of 2019 and spent time at all manufacturing facilities to fully grasp the breadth of technologies offered by the company. He spent five years working at an American print company as a supplier to the industry, and also has 20 years of experience with another major press manufacturer as its vice president of global key accounts, responsible for developing new customer segments and sales for the commercial and packaging markets.