On December 31st, 2015, the longtime CTO of Duravit AG, Werner Griebe (66), will retire. He will be succeeded on January 1st, 2016 by his colleague Thomas Stammel (52) - according to the resolution of the Duravit AG Supervisory Board of September 25th, 2015.
For 37 years, Werner Griebe was dedicated to the company and has successfully shaped Duravit based on technical know-how, a desire for innovation and drive. His career took him from Hornberg to Meissen, with intermediate stops in Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and China. His task was to implement the Duravit quality standards at all sites. He was able to expedite new developments and product launches. His roles in various professional associations and the future of ceramics as a material were an integral part of his duties. He also has a seat in the Executive Committee of the Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft e.V. (German Ceramics Society e.V.).
His successor Thomas Stammel has been employed by the company for 26 years and learned his “craft” from scratch at Duravit. He headed a department and then managed the factory in Hornberg before his career took him to our locations such as Meissen and Bischwiller in France as Technical Director. He also assumed management responsibilities for the technical competence center and the construction of the plant in India. He was instrumental in the development of the Solid Surface production in Bischwiller and, as Technical Director, is responsible for the international development of ceramics for Duravit.
His dedication and industry expertise have significantly contributed to the fact that cutting edge production methods are being used and that product innovations are being implemented continuously.
“Duravit stands for original design, innovative technology and highest quality standards. Werner Griebe, supported by Thomas Stammel, has implemented quality management and ISO certifications (e.g. ISO 9001, 14001, 50001) in all plants worldwide, thereby setting standards and the course for the future”, said Gregor Greinert, Supervisory Board Chairman of Duravit AG. “Thomas Stammel is further evidence for the fact that continuity, experience and internationality are important values for the employees of Duravit. We are especially pleased that we can fill a board position from our own ranks. We are confident that he is the perfect man for the future of Duravit in this area.”