Ladies and Gentlemen
46 years of service have passed since I joined the former Lande Wellpappen AG in 1978, my appointment as Director in 1989, the company takeover in 1997 and the change of name to SCHELLING AG in 2009. During this time, the “packaging world” and our company have undergone a constant process of change. Today, I am proud to say that our company has always been a recognised part of this industry, in good times and bad, and that we have been able to make our mark here and there. At the age of 68, it is now time for a generational change in the position of CEO.
The family and Board of Directors of SCHELLING AG has decided that my position as CEO of SCHELLING AG will be transferred to my eldest son Philippe Schelling with effect from the new year. This fills me with great joy.
I myself will take on the newly created role of “operational Chairman of the Board of Directors” and will continue to be available to the company in word and deed.
Philippe Schelling has a non-conformist career: he played ice hockey at the highest level for no less than 30 years in all age categories, 16 years as a professional with GC, the ZSC Lions, EHC Kloten and Lausanne HC. As a forward and defenceman, he learnt to fight, to win, but also to lose and to act as a team player. At the same time, he also managed to continue his academic development. After graduating from high school, he studied business informatics at the University of Zurich, which he completed with a bachelor’s degree. This was followed by a Master’s degree in Digital Business. He then earned his professional spurs in a start-up company, where he was responsible for “an entire country” as Operations Manager and Project Manager. He has now been with our company for almost 3 years as a Board member, CIO and member of the Executive Board. His entry into the company during the corona, war, supply chain and energy crisis has steeled him.
At the ideal age of 39, he is now taking the helm and steering SCHELLING AG into the digital future with a firm focus on the indispensable world of packaging and its fascination.
I would like to thank you all for the trust you have placed in me over the decades and ask you to transfer this trust to my son.
At the same time, the position of CMSO is also being reorganised. Mr Ronald Graf has decided to take on a new challenge. We would like to thank Mr Graf for his great commitment over the past four years and wish him every success in his new role.
We have decided to place the succession in four proven hands with Mr Samuel Eicher in the role of CSO and Mr Lucien Denier in the role of CMO. Both men have been with us for many years. They have built up a broad knowledge of the industry and will now be making a career move. Here too, I would ask you to place your trust in them.
Beat M. Schelling