As of July 1, the Management Board of Apleona GmbH will be reassembled. Responsibility for the individual business units will be adjusted accordingly.
With effect from July 1, 2021, Dr. Gert W. Riegel (47) will take on responsibility for the Facility Management DACH business unit as Group COO. He will thus take over from Robin Petersen, who is leaving the Management Board of Apleona GmbH at his own request for personal reasons. Mr. Petersen will still be available to Apleona for major strategic projects for the time being.
Also with effect from July 1, 2021, Michael Engel (41) will join the Management Board of Apleona GmbH. As Dr. Riegel’s successor, he will take on responsibility for the Facility Management International and International Corporate Clients (ICC) business units as Group COO.
As of July 1, the Management Board of Apleona GmbH will consist of the following members: Dr. Jochen Keysberg (CEO), Dr. Georg J. Fronja (CFO), Dr. Gert W. Riegel (COO) and Michael Engel (COO).
Apleona CEO Dr. Jochen Keysberg comments: “We very much regret Mr. Petersen’s leaving, but we understand his private reasons and respect his personal decision. Over the past two years, Mr. Petersen has implemented important modernization projects for the FM units in the DACH region. On behalf of my Management Board colleagues, I would like to thank him for his dedication.”
Fortunately, Apleona was able to assign responsibility on the Management Board for the individual Apleona units internally with its own strong candidates, continues CEO Dr. Keysberg: “In Dr. Riegel, we have a highly experienced, proven FM specialist and manager who has known our organization, the market, and our customers well for years and will advance the further professionalization of FM DACH. Michael Engel has already gained plenty of international experience as co-manager of our International Corporate Clients organization for major clients and is ideally suited to continue along the successfully started path of sustainable growth for our business in the EMEA region.”
Dr. Gert W. Riegel has been at the company since 2004, holding managerial positions in international and national units since 2010. He has been a member of the Management Board of Apleona GmbH since 2018. He has a doctorate in civil engineering and is a lecturer on strategic facility management at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Michael Engel has been at Apleona since 2012. The industrial engineer worked as a project manager for M&A before moving to account management for a major German banking client in 2014. Since 2019, he has headed the International Corporate Clients business unit together with Dr. Riegel. In this unit, Apleona supports major clients throughout Europe with integrated facility management and central key account structures.