Leif Svensson Announces Retirement
The highly popular and respected Leif Svensson, Vice President of European Sales and the Managing Director of both Curtis GmbH in Paderborn, Germany and Curtis AB in Stenkullen, Sweden, has announced that he will retire from the company effective April 30, 2021. He started his successful career with Curtis in 1991 in a sales capacity, reporting to Curtis UK. In 1994, he was tasked with establishing Curtis AB, where he took reigns as Managing Director. During his tenure at Curtis AB, he was instrumental in developing BT Sweden as a major customer, among other major accomplishments. He took on the additional role of Managing Director of the German office in 2005. He focused on building a highly professional organization with superb technical support capabilities and high job satisfaction. His latest achievement was to establish and expand the world-class European Logistics Facility in Paderborn.
Mr. Svensson has spent many years commuting the long distance of 557.69 mi (897.51 km)between his home near Gothenburg, Sweden and the Curtis apartment in Paderborn, clocking hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the process.
His direct supervisor, Mark Ankers stated, “Very much the leader and a mentor Leif has always tried to give everyone in the Curtis Europe organization a free rein, encouraging individual decision making and personal responsibility. Whenever possible, he gives junior colleagues an opportunity to be heard and recognized at corporate level and throughout the organization.”
Mr. Svensson will continue on in a mentor capacity while he enjoys his retirement on the Swedish Island of Bohus-Malmoen following his many interests, including sailing and riding his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Thomas Hetmeier Promoted to Managing Director of Curtis Instruments, GmbH in Germany
MT. KISCO, NY, January 2021. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Thomas Hetmeier has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of the company’s German subsidiary in Paderborn. In his new position, Mr. Hetmeier will be responsible for all aspects of managing Curtis Instruments, GmbH, an operation with 20 staff members, including sales, customer support, technical service, logistics and operations. –Curtis’ German subsidiary - is responsible for a broad territory, covering Germany, Austria, German speaking Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
Mr. Hetmeier received the German equivalent of a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (University of Applied Sciences). He had six years of progressively responsible experience outside of Curtis Instruments. His successful career encompasses the full spectrum of sales, technical support and management experience in the technical, business-to-business environment, with 21 full years with Curtis, where he started- as Sales Engineer and was later promoted to Sales Manager. Most recently, Mr. Hetmeier held the important position of Technical Support and Sales Director for Curtis Instruments, GmbH.
In his new capacity, Mr. Hetmeier will focus on staff development and will continue to prove that first-in-class support is the key to the future success of the GmbH organization. He is committed to meet the expectations of the growing electrification market, to actively support Curtis’ technical leadership in central Europe, and to assure that Curtis has the best team in the business to successfully partner with customer engineers.
We are confident that Mr. Hetmeier's long record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business and technical skills, are ideally suited for his new leadership position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the management of this important Curtis subsidiary.