Nürtingen, July 2021: Frank Schondelmaier took over as Director of Sales Europe at KOKI Holdings Europe with its two brands Metabo and HiKOKI on 1 July. The 42-year-old succeeds Henning Jansen, the new CEO and COO of Metabo and KOKI Holdings Europe. Schondelmaier joined Metabo in 2017. Since 2020, he worked as Region Manager West and South Europe for the Metabo and HiKOKI (formerly Hitachi Powertools) brands. In this role, he was responsible for managing the general managers of three Metabo subsidiaries in Spain, France and the UK, as well as a HiKOKI subsidiary in Italy. The topic of tools has accompanied the sales expert his entire professional life: even during his studies at the Cooperative State University in Villingen-Schwenningen, he completed the practical part at the tool manufacturer Wiha in Schonach. The father of three daughters also has 15 years of experience in international business: from 2006, he lived in Madrid for three years and was responsible for Wiha's Spanish sales subsidiary as Managing Director. He also worked in an international context in his later positions at Wiha and the fittings and shower manufacturer Hansgrohe. His language skills are correspondingly good: The 42-year-old speaks fluent English, Spanish and French as well as conversational Italian. In his new role, Schondelmaier is also part of the management board of Metabo and KOKI Holdings Europe.
"When it came to the question of who should succeed me as sales manager for our core market Europe, we didn't have to think twice," says Henning Jansen. "I have worked intensively with Frank Schondelmaier since he joined us in 2017 - and I therefore know exactly that he is not only an excellent market and industry expert, but that international sales is also his great passion. That is why I am very happy that we were able to win him for this task. With him, my succession is in the best hands," the new CEO and COO is convinced.
"I am very happy about this great opportunity," says Schondelmaier. "With Metabo and HiKOKI, we have two great brands with cutting-edge product ranges and two first-class battery technologies. All in all, this gives us a wealth of opportunities for the future. I see my task as sales manager for Europe as working with my team to convince our trade partners and professional users in trade and industry that Metabo and HiKOKI are reliable partners for work with maximum productivity. I am very much looking forward to this."