Strategy

Changes at the helm of BVL – new structure with extended Steering Committee

At its March 12 meeting in Stuttgart, the BVL Board bid farewell to the association’s honorary Chairman Robert Blackburn.

The BVL Steering Committee: Frank Dreeke, Prof. Thomas Wimmer, Dr. Stefan Wolff

The BVL Steering Committee: Frank Dreeke, Prof. Thomas Wimmer, Dr. Stefan Wolff

At its March 12 meeting in Stuttgart, the BVL Board bid farewell to the association’s honorary Chairman Robert Blackburn. Blackburn, who in his “day job” has been on the Board of the globally active US-based electric tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Corporation since 2019, did not stand for re-election by the Members’ Meeting and withdrew from his position as Chairman as of the end of the Stuttgart meeting. In his role of Senior Vice President Global Operations, Blackburn is responsible for the supply chain from the sourcing stage and all 120 production plants through to the end customer. This task necessitates his presence at the corporate headquarters in the US state of Connecticut and also involves a great deal of travel. “It is my respect for both my job and my honorary post that prompted my decision to withdraw from my position at the helm of BVL”, said Blackburn, adding that the experience of the past year had shown that an honorary position at this level can only be performed by someone who is able to devote all his energy and attention to it.

After in-depth consultations, the BVL Board has decided to adopt a new structure. An extended Steering Committee will ensure the continuity and innovative drive of the association for a transitional period and will push ahead with the change process that had already been planned. The aim is to gradually make BVL a younger and more diverse organisation, and this should also be reflected in the association’s leadership structures.

The members of the extended Steering Committee are Frank Dreeke, (BLG Logistics Group), Stefan Wolff (4flow) and Thomas Wimmer (BVL), who has been elected Chairman of the BVL Board and who will step back from his role as Managing Director for the time being. Frank Dreeke was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. Wimmer will focus his attention on the content of BVL activities and the operational implementation of the defined BVL strategy. Wolff as Treasurer and Dreeke as a member of the Finance Committee symbolise the sound financial status of the association. “We all greatly regret the departure of Robert Blackburn. Robert inspired “his” BVL with exceptional and future-focused ideas, and we were looking forward to at least three more years with him at the helm. But we also respect and accept the decision he has made in the light of his job-related responsibilities. Our task now is to look to the future with courage and new ideas.

At the Members’ Meeting on April 20, BVL took leave of several long-time Board members who had served the maximum term permitted by the BVL statutes – namely Joachim Limberg (NLMK Group), Karl A. May (BMW Group) and Frank Wiemer (Dirks Group). Eva Combach (Mercedes Benz), Marcus Dirks (Dirks Group), Dr. Sigrid Nikutta (Deutsche Bahn), Kay Schiebur (Otto Group), Christina Thurner (Loxxess) and Marcus Wollens (BMW Group) were all newly elected to the Board, while Prof. Katja Windt (SMS Group) was re-elected for a further term.