SOLON AG adds Chief Human Resources Officer to its Management Board

(PresseBox) ( Berlin, )
Berlin-based SOLON AG, one of Europe's biggest manufacturers of solar modules and photovoltaic systems, has strengthened its Group Management Board with effect from February 1, 2008 with the appointment of Anke Hunziger, 43, as CHRO. She joins the existing team of CEO Thomas Krupke, CTO Dr. Lars Podlowski and COO Dr. Gero Wiese. This makes SOLON AG the first TecDAX company to create a position at Management Board level for the Human Resources function, emphasizing the importance of HR management to modern companies.

"In taking this step we are demonstrating the importance we attach to the targeted selection, training and motivation of our workforce", stressed the chairman of the Supervisory Board Tobias Wahl. "This is part of a strategy that will enable us to continue realizing our ambitious growth plans."

SOLON has made a clear commitment to Berlin as a business location. From its headquarters in Berlin, the company offers a variety of career opportunities, in particular for scientists and engineers, but also for highly-skilled staff in non-technical areas. As a fast-growing, international company, SOLON is able to offer particularly attractive personal and career development opportunities. "We are currently advertising more than 50 vacancies on our website and we will be recruiting continuously over the course of 2008. SOLON is growing at an even faster pace than the already fast-growing photovoltaics market," notes Anke Hunziger. "But our recruitment process places great emphasis on ensuring that we take on people who are the right "fit" and on integrating them into the company. We offer comprehensive personal development programs for staff in all areas of the company. The fact that we have virtually no staff turnover - despite the company's rapid growth and the challenges that such growth brings - speaks volumes."

Anke Hunziger studied European Business Studies in Germany and the UK and is a certified business coach. As a wife and mother of two children, she believes that companies have a responsibility to ensure the compatibility of work and family life. "All members of SOLON's Management Board have children and attach great importance to their role as parents. And we take the same position with regard to our workforce, offering flexible working-time models and an emphasis on results rather than working hours, in order to help our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance. We see ourselves as pioneers in this area, also with regard to the appointment of women to senior management positions. This means that women are given exactly the same opportunities within the company.Consequently, around 40 percent of management positions at SOLON are held by women." Anke Hunziger is one of only four women amongst more than 300 management board members at German DAX and TecDAX companies.
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