Our Management Board

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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 and Georg Haggenmüller as COO. In addition, the Executive Board is formed by the regional managers Mr. Michael Szidat as CEO for North America and Yong Li Gao 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. 

  • 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.

  • Yong Li Gao, Vice CEO APA
    <p>Yong Li Gao,&nbsp;Vice CEO APA</p>

    Vice Chief Executive Officer Asia-Pacific Area (Vice CEO APA) of the Felix Schoeller Group, joined the company in 2020.

    Yong Li Gao was born in 1968 in Shaanxi Province, China. After studying economics at Shaanxi Normal University, Yong Li Gao came to Germany in 1989 for further academic studies. He first studied languages at the University of Hamburg before beginning a degree in business administration at the same university in 1991. He graduated with a diploma in 1997.

    From 1997 to 2012, Yong Li Gao worked for the Nordenia Group in various management positions in Germany, Malaysia, and China, most recently as General Manager of Nordenia (China) Film Technology Co., Ltd. Following the takeover of Nordenia International AG by the Mondi Group, Yong Li Gao was responsible for the business of Mondi (China) Film Technology Co., LTd. as Managing Director from 2013 to 2018. This was followed by independent management consultancy work in China before Yong Li Gao joined the Felix Schoeller Group as Deputy Vice CEO APA in September 2020. 

    As of 1 January 2021, he took over the management of the sales office in Shanghai as Chief Representative. As of 1 April 2021, Yong Li Gao was assigned the role of Vice CEO APA. On 1 January 2022, he was appointed to the BOE of the Felix Scholler Group.

    Yong Li Gao is married and has two children.