Governance

The governance of Schmidt Group has alternated between male and female CEOs:

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Governance

The governance of Schmidt Group has alternated between male and female CEOs: Hubert Schmidt and Karl Leitzgen the men, Antonia Schmidt, Antonia and Anne Leitzgen the women. This alternation has strengthened the original humanist values which today have made the Group a flagship for trade and industry, a true business open to the world.

Anne Leitzgen, granddaughter of Hubert Schmidt, the founder, has been CEO since 2006. She works alongside a Management Committee made up of individuals committed to developing and passing on the Group’s culture. Each member makes a point of personally welcoming and absorbing new managers and mentoring them, allowing everyone to endorse that freedom of action so dear to the entrepreneurial DNA of “the house”.

Anne LEITZGEN

Anne LEITZGEN

CEO

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Anne LEITZGEN

CEO

My two daughters, rock music, skiing, nature and a good meal washed down with good wine. Enough to fill my free time – alongside the human adventure made possible by the projects of Schmidt Groupe.

After many enjoyable years spent in the world of PR and marketing, I joined the company founded by my grandfather Hubert Schmidt and then tended by my parents Antonia and Karl with the support of an enthusiastic, dedicated team. I have the pleasure and the honour of contributing to a shared, ambitious venture. Indeed, what we want to do is to contribute to the long-term pleasure and well-being of our customers. And for that to happen, our employees also have to be happy with us.

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Jean-Thierry CATRICE

Jean-Thierry CATRICE

Assistant General Manager

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Jean-Thierry CATRICE

Assistant General Manager

As a director, I have spent thirty years in corporate environments helping to implement change programs to enable enterprises to adapt to their markets. From serious crises threatening the long-term sustainability of the company through to plans for international development.

For me, the sea, mountains and desserts are powerful sources of inspiration.

Jean-Luc KLEIN

Jean-Luc KLEIN

Chief Administrative and Finance Officer

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Jean-Luc KLEIN

Chief Administrative and Finance Officer

After nearly thirty years’ experience in the finance world, an audit firm and internationally active industrial groups, I decided in early 2015 to join the exciting adventure that is the Schmidt Groupe as Chief Finance Officer.

There are very few companies that succeed in finding the right balance between pleasure at work and economic performance, that showcase the values of trust, respect and goodwill, that are pioneers in the field of innovative industrial processes and respect for the environment and that see the future as an opportunity and not a threat. Schmidt Groupe has successfully achieved this perfect synthesis!

Now aged 50 (it is said that this is the age of fulfilment…), married and father of two children, I am proud to devote my energy to helping this magnificent project to grow even further.

Patrice CASENAVE

Patrice CASENAVE

Human Relationship Director

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Patrice CASENAVE

Human Relationship Director

You do not become HRD by chance, you have to like people, of course, but you also have to be passionate about the performance the company achieves thanks to the people in it. To me, true performance is something that goes beyond simple economics and is able to create a human context that allows everyone to do more than they thought they were capable of, to fulfil themselves.

From stock-market listed companies to renowned businesses, I had always been in search of this balance between the financial and the human – right up to the day when I arrived in the Alsace to join a company that was well known for its brands but little known at the corporate level.

Just as in one’s personal life, there are some encounters that have the stamp of authenticity. And that is true of those I have experienced in Schmidt Groupe. Because it is people, who are at the heart of everything, who have made possible the group’s uninterrupted growth since 1934! All the theories in the world are worth very little compared to the company’s DNA… And what is more, humanity is in the heart, or it’s nowhere.

That is what inspired me to leave Paris with my family to help conquer the world from the magnificent region known as the Alsace. It’s what you can call a real project of a lifetime.

Franck OSTERTAG

Franck OSTERTAG

Marketing & Digital Director

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Franck OSTERTAG

Marketing & Digital Director

I am passionate about the way DIGITAL technology can help transform businesses. I love to combine industry knowledge with technological expertise. After working in an IT capacity for 17 years in the agri-food industry and for 3 years in the mass retail sector, I joined Schmidt Groupe, which perfectly blends the industrial and retail facets of my experience. I was instantly entranced by the company’s ambitions, as well as by the group’s human values and technological excellence: DIGITAL technology is at the heart of the company’s strategy in every field of activity. The projects are numerous and they are all innovative. That is what makes my job so exciting!

Jean-Claude ARMSPACH

Jean-Claude ARMSPACH

Management Control Director

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Jean-Claude ARMSPACH

Management Control Director

After nearly thirty years’ professional experience in an industrial company, I had the good fortune to join Schmidt Groupe, whose dynamism and corporate values are close to my heart.
My role as Management Control Director allows me and my teams to participate in the Group’s international development in complete respect for its human dimensions.
Time spent sharing my passion for travel and photography with my family is precious to me. It helps me relax and re-energise and gives me the balance I need to give my very best.

Patrick FABRE

Patrick FABRE

Sales Director Europe

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Patrick FABRE

Sales Director Europe

I have spent 20 years working in the commercial and marketing departments of French, German and Japanese international groups.

For me, joining Schmidt Groupe in 2015 was something self-evident given the unique, exceptional nature of the shared adventure the group is involved in. Here, I have found everything I feel passionate about and that suits my character: strong human values based on respect, openness, trust and goodwill; an insatiable desire for innovation; the blend of industrial and retail aspects; optimised product and service solutions; and the obsession with Customer satisfaction.

Enjoyment and the individual nature of our relations with our Customers and our Dealers and Business Partners are at the heart of my job and that of my teams. We pour every drop of energy into consolidating our leading position in France and boosting our international development.

I am fortunate and happy to see every day that at Schmidt Groupe, a leader constantly in search of long-term progress, we have immense potential for growth in all our families of products, all our regions, all our brands.

To recharge my batteries: my family, a randori of judo, jogging in the forest, a good wheat beer or a glass of late-harvested gewurztraminer.

Wolfgang THORWART

Wolfgang THORWART

Product Development Director

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Wolfgang THORWART

Product Development Director

German by birth and an engineer by trade, at the end of my studies I fell in love with a “small kitchen manufacturer” in the Alsace that had big ambitions. I joined a small, courageous team that was starting out on a great adventure of ambitious projects and is still going 30 years later.
After 15 years in the Production and Engineering fields, the company offered me a completely new direction in my professional life by giving me responsibility for product development. My current challenges are to get to know what customers really want so that we can develop the most attractive solutions possible for them. To bring out the very best from our product range in order to develop our long-term position as leader in a competitive market – that is what I am passionate about. 

Olivier OFFNER

Olivier OFFNER

Industrial Director

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Olivier OFFNER

Industrial Director

I attended an SME for my first job interview 20 years ago and since then life has just got faster… 

I started off by purchasing labels and now I spend my time building factories… 

To develop our organisational structures, work with the different teams, introduce large-scale robotics, encourage process innovation: 

All these many industrial projects from the 1/10/100 program have been an exciting challenge for me. 

For some people, our little valley in the Alsace is the back of beyond. For me, who so loves the mountains, the calm of the Vosges helps me recharge my batteries, in particular after my trips to China.

Laurent Belloni

Laurent Belloni

Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer

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Laurent Belloni

Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer

When I joined Schmidt Groupe 25 years ago, not only did I discover Alsace but also the wealth of opportunities for advancing my career within this wonderful company.
After starting as an engineer and then a methods manager, I climbed the career ladder to become Product Manager, Factory Director, QHSE Director and ultimately Chief Procurement & Downstream Supply Chain Officer (sales distribution).
My current position is almost like going back to my roots, because when I started my career, I was responsible for purchasing tools and equipment!

My job offers a number of challenges:

• Forge strong relations with our suppliers as part of our determination to continually improve quality, costs, delivery times and innovation.
• Prioritise agreements with local economic players, followed by those operating at the national, European and ultimately global levels to promote local employment and reduce the carbon footprint of our supply chain.
• Design and implement supply chain solutions to generate tomorrow’s revenue and satisfy our customers.
Complete customer satisfaction guides our choices and work practices, and customer referrals are our objective.
My life goals involve achieving self-fulfilment through an exciting professional life, a full family life and stimulating leisure activities.

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