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In profile

Our Management Board

Many years of operational and strategic experience

Our management

Our management is characterized by many years of operational and strategic experience. On 01.01.2020 a new organisational structure came into force. This follows our internationalisation steps, which we have increasingly implemented in recent years. With our global production facilities in Germany, North America, China, Russia and India, we are now giving more responsibility to the regions. The Felix Schoeller Group's management has been reorganised accordingly.

Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp will fill the position of CSO in addition to his position as CEO of the Group. He is thus assuming ultimate responsibility for sales.
The Felix Schoeller Group's Management Board continues to comprise Matthias Breimhorst, who is responsible for the CFO role, Georg Haggenmüller as COO and Stephan Igel as CSO EMEA. In addition, the Executive Board is formed by the regional managers Mr. Michael Szidat as CEO for North America and Mr. Peter Cornelißen as Vice CEO in China.

In the following you will get an insight into the vita of our management members.

  • Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, CEO/CSO
    <p>Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, CEO/CSO</p>

    Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp has been with the company since 1997. Born in 1969, after leaving school he did a degree in paper engineering at TU Darmstadt and an international Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Canada, which he gained under the University of Toronto’s programme for working professionals.

    Milestones in his career with the Felix Schoeller Group include his job on paper machine 1 (PM1) at the Osnabrück mill and later his position as head of raw materials management in the extrusion process at the Osnabrück mill. Between 1999 and 2001, Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp was in charge of specialty base paper production at the Schoeller Group’s American mill in Pulaski/NY. From 2002 onwards, he was chief operating officer of the Technocell Division. This position included responsibility for marketing, sales and technology. As chief technical officer (CTO) Gallenkamp has been on the management board of Felix Schoeller Holding since October 2012. He took up the post of deputy CEO of the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group on 1 January 2015. He then became chief operating officer (COO) on 1 January 2017. He was appointed CEO of the company with effect from 1 July 2018.

    With the new organisational structure coming into effect on 1 January 2020, Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp takes up the position of CSO in addition to his position as CEO of the Group. He thus assumes the ultimate responsibility for sales.

    Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp is a 5th generation shareholder of the Felix Schoeller Group. He is married and has three children.

  • Georg Haggenmüller, COO
    <p>Georg Haggenmüller, COO</p>

    Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO), started his career in 1983 at MD Papierfabrik Günzach, a mill which was later to become part of Technocell AG.

    Georg Haggenmüller followed up his apprenticeship as a papermaker with further professional training and then went on to gain a degree in business studies. In 1998, he became manager of the Günzach mill. For several years his responsibilities included technical oversight of the Canadian mill in Drummondville. In 2008, he took on additional responsibility for Technocell’s mills in Neustadt and Penig. On 1 October 2012, Georg Haggenmüller and Stephan Igel took over the management of the Technocell Division within Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG. During the course of 2016 Haggenmüller gradually took over responsibility for production across the entire Felix Schoeller Group, i.e. including the Felix Schoeller Division. 

    Georg Haggenmüller was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) as of 1 January 2020.

    Georg Haggenmüller is married and has two sons.

  • Matthias Breimhorst, CFO
    <p>Matthias Breimhorst, CFO</p>

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Felix Schoeller Group, working for the company since 2017

    Matthias Breimhorst was born in Salzkotten in 1983. After graduating from high school, he completed a dual Bachelor's degree at the Weserbergland University of Cooperative Education in Hameln in 2007. From 2009 to 2012, he completed a part-time master's degree in economics at the FernUniversität Hagen and Maastricht University. 

    Breimhorst began his professional career in August 2007 with an international trainee programme at STRABAG in Cologne, where he worked in the finance department until January 2014, most recently as team leader for structured finance. From February 2014 to September 2017 he worked as a senior manager in the corporate finance consultancy Accuracy in Frankfurt and Munich.  

    In October 2017, he joined the Felix Schoeller Group as Senior Vice President Management Reporting & Business Analysis and was Head of Accounting & Controlling from January 2019. Breimhorst was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Felix Schoeller Group on 1 January 2020.

    Matthias Breimhorst is married and has two children. 

  • Stephan Igel, CSO EMEA
    <p>Stephan Igel, CSO EMEA</p>

    Chief Sales Officer Europe Middel East Africa (CSO EMEA) of the Felix Schoeller Group, joined Felix Schoeller in 1992 after gaining his degree in business administration.

    In 1996, after four years in the finance, taxation and investor relations department, Stephan Igel took over the post of external accounts manager. In 2001, he became commercial director of Technocell, responsible principally for financial controlling and acquisitions. In particular, he was in charge of the acquisition of the company’s Canadian mill in Drummondville. In 2003, he was appointed executive vice-president of Technocell, and turned his attention, among other things, to the integration of the Russian joint venture in Penza. Since 2011, he has also been responsible for global purchasing for the Felix Schoeller Group. On 1 October 2012 Stephan Igel and Georg Haggenmüller took over the management of the Technocell Division within Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG. 

    With effect from 01.01.2020, Stephan Igel took over the role of CSO EMEA for the Felix Schoeller Group.

    Stephan Igel is married and has a daughter. 

  • Peter Cornelißen, Vice CEO APA
    <p>Peter Cornelißen, Vice CEO APA</p>

    Vice Chief Executive Officer Asia-Pacific Area (Vice CEO APA) of the Felix Schoeller Group has worked for the company since 2002.

    Born in 1961, Peter Cornelißen first completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk after graduating from high school. He then studied business administration at the University of Essen, graduating in 1988. In the same year he started as assistant to the management at Rolf Hoffmann GmbH. In 1990 he moved to Klöckner & Co. AG in Duisburg, where he worked from 1994 to 1996 as Head of Accounting/Controlling in the Energy Division. In 1996, he became Head of Corporate Planning and Controlling department of Lurgi Lentjes AG, Düsseldorf. In 1999 he was appointed Commercial Director of Standardkessel AG and Commercial Managing Director of the operating subsidiary Standardkessel Lentjes GmbH, Duisburg.

    Peter Cornelißen was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Managing Director of the Felix Schoeller Group from 2002 to 2017. In 2018, Peter Cornelißen went to China on behalf of the company to play a key role in the establishment of the Joint Venture Winbon Schoeller New Materials Co, Ltd. in the role of BOD Advisor.

    When the new organisational structure came into force on 01.01.2020, Peter Cornelißen took over the role of Vice CEO APA.

    Peter Cornelißen is married and has two children.

  • Michael Szidat, CEO NA
    <p>Michael Szidat, CEO NA</p>

    Chief Executive Officer North America (CEO NA) of the Felix Schoeller Group, with the company since 1997.

    Michael Szidat was born in Wolfsburg in 1966. He studied industrial engineering and capital goods marketing at the Jade University in Wilhelmshaven. Following his studies, he worked in various sales positions at 4P Rube Göttingen GmbH (now Infiana) from 1993-1997.

    Michael Szidat joined the Felix Schoeller Group in 1997 as product manager for the "photographic papers" division. From 1999, he worked for the US mill in Pulaski, first as Key Account Manager for specialty papers in 1999 and then as Business Unit Manager. From 2000 to 2006 he was Vice President Sales and R&D for all Felix Schoeller business units in the USA. From 2006 to 2010, Szidat was Senior Vice President with global responsibility for Sales and Marketing for Digital Imaging and Technical Papers & Films. In this function, Szidat was appointed Managing Director of Felix Schoeller GmbH & Co KG. Upon his return to the USA in 2010, Szidat managed all business at the US plant in Pulaski, and later also in Anaheim.

    On 1 January 2020 Szidat took over the function of CEO NA of the Felix Schoeller Group.

    Michael Szidat is married and has one son.