WE-EF announced that Stephan Fritzsche is to step down at the end of September and Mario Dreismann is the incoming Group MD. The purpose of the early announcemeent is to ensure continuity and promote development. After setting the course for the future of WE-EF by joining the Fagerhult Group three years ago, Managing Director Stephan Fritzsche has decided to initiate the succession process after 34 years in the family business and to step down as of 30 September this year.
Mario Dreismann, who holds a degree in Business Management, joined WE-EF on 1 June and is working together with Stephan Fritzsche until 30 September during the handover period. On 1 October 2020 Mario Dreismann will then officially take over full responsibility from Stephan Fritzsche as Managing Director of the WE-EF Group.
After graduating with a Degree in Engineering, in 1986 Stephan Fritzsche joined the family business founded by his father Wolfgang Fritzsche in Bispingen in 1950. He successfully led WE-EF through major challenges such as globalisation, digitalisation and the LED revolution to its current strong market position, and consistently promoted the development of a robust, flexible and innovative company structure. His management style, which is characterised by responsibility, integrity and fairness, has left its mark on WE-EF and has earned him the recognition and respect of employees, business partners and industry colleagues alike.
The aim of the succession plan is to hand over responsibility to the new management of the Fagerhult Group as smoothly as possible. “We are pleased to welcome Mario Dreismann as the future Managing Director of the WE-EF Group. He is well-qualified to carry forward the success, the specific character and the innovative spirit of WE-EF in an increasingly complex world,” Stephan Fritzsche said in commenting on his chosen successor.
Mario Dreismann has international management experience as a business leader and is an expert in the construction and lighting industries. Following his graduation in business management, Mario Dreismann was head of sales and marketing at Dorma for several years. In his most recent position as CEO at Ansorg and a member of the management board of the Vitra Group where he was responsible for the shopfitting division. “I am passionate about good architecture and lighting, two things that WE-EF combines in an ideal way. At the same time, I see myself as a team player with a strong interest in products, leadership and people,” Mario Dreismann explained.
Ever since the company was founded by Wolfgang Fritzsche in 1950 the WE-EF brand has stood for high-quality exterior luminaires with an independent design and innovative technology. Today, as part of the international Fagerhult Group, WE-EF still has the typical characteristics of a family-owned business – creativity, short communication channels, flexibility and a focus on solutions. This results in a product range with highly functional luminaires in a timeless design for illuminating urban spaces and architecture.
Lighting solutions from WE-EF offer uncompromising performance and efficiency thanks to LED modules and optical systems that are developed in-house. High-quality materials, intelligent design and exclusive processes ensure a long service life and reliable operation of the luminaires. German engineering combines with the experience and the cultural horizon of a globally operating company. WE-EF is committed to responsible resource management in all areas – from the life cycle assessment of the individual products to the sustainability of all processes.
WE-EF luminaires illuminate prestigious projects around the world. Examples are the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, The Jewel at Changi Airport in Singapore, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center Plaza in New York, the Forum des Halles in Paris, the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp and the new Bloomberg European Headquarters in London