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Longstanding MAN CEO deceased

MAN mourns Dr. Klaus Götte

(PresseBox) (München, ) MAN is saddened by the death of its long-time CEO Dr. Klaus Götte, who passed away at the age of 77. Dr. Götte was CEO of MAN AG from 1983 to 1996. He headed MAN AG's Supervisory Board from 1996 to 2002.

Dr. Götte, who began his career as a banker and then earned his doctorate in law, decisively shaped the MAN Group. Under his aegis, the company was fundamentally restructured in the 1980s. During a difficult economic situation, he transformed the Group into one with control based on agreements between the companies and a lean management structure, clearly defining the responsibilities of the Group management and the subgroups. Dr. Götte thus readied the MAN Group for the global challenges of the 21st century.

He combined economic expertise, entrepreneurial foresight and strategic precision in one person - but at all times, the future of his company meant everything to him. His long years of profound experience made him a valuable advisor in all fundamental strategic decisions relevant to MAN's further development. Dr. Götte shaped the company, leaving his imprint on it in the best sense of the word. This imprint is still visible in many places.

As a member of various Supervisory Boards, Dr. Götte was a source of advice and help for numerous companies, to whom he contributed his knowledge, abilities and competence in countless industrial committees. Not only was he a stroke of luck for the MAN Group, but German private enterprise has also lost an outstanding personality with his death. MAN will uphold Dr. Götte's memory in great honor.


The MAN Group is one of Europe's leading industrial players in Transport-Related Engineering, with revenue of approximately €15 billion in 2008. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbo machinery, and special gear systems, MAN employs approximately 51,300 people worldwide. Its business areas hold leading positions in their respective markets. MAN AG, Munich, is listed in the DAX (German Stock Index), which comprises Germany's thirty leading stock corporations.