Dr. Ernst Smolka To Become new Managing Director Of Hess Licht + Form

(Germany) – Dr. Ernst Smolka will take over as Managing Director of Hess Licht + Form.

Hess Licht + Form has announced that Dr. Ernst Smolka will be the company’s new Managing Director – a change which sets the agenda for further positive developments within the company. Dr. Ernst Smolka (53) will begin the role on 1st July 2017, and after a short transition period will succeed Interim Manager Louis van Uden.

Dr. Smolka completed his studies in physics at the University of Karlsruhe and Oregon State University in the USA, and obtained his doctorate at the Lichttechnisches Institut (Institute of Light Technology) of the Fakultät für Elektrotechnik (Faculty of Electrical Engineering) in Karlsruhe. He brings with him extensive managerial expertise as well as many years of professional experience in the sector.

Since the early 1990s Smolka has held many managerial positions, including technical director and director of research and development, as well as management positions with responsibilities in sales, technical project development, light engineering and also production. Most recently Ernst Smolka was responsible for the German activities of one of the largest businesses in the lighting industry worldwide.

Pierre van Lamsweerde, CEO of the Nordeon Group said: “We are very happy to have won over Ernst Smolka for Hess. He is a proven expert with many years of expertise both in the sector and in leadership. We are convinced that with him we will be able to pursue our strategic goals: Made in Germany, Innovation, (Special) Solutions, and also International Expansion sustainably and successfully.”

Meanwhile, Ernst Smolka is already looking forward to his new role: “Hess is of course very well-known to me owing to my long-standing experience in the lighting sector. I’m looking forward to continuing to develop Hess as a premium supplier. I can see, precisely for Hess, enormous potential in future development.”