Dr. Peter Pretzsch will be leaving the STIHL Group at his own request on April 30, 2018. He was general manager of VIKING, the Austrian garden equipment manufacturer – a subsidiary of the STIHL Group – from 2011 up to the present day. He had previously occupied leading positions at the STIHL founding company in Waiblingen. "I would like to thank Dr. Pretzsch for his great service to the company and the successful cooperation during his 28-year tenure with the STIHL Group", said Dr. Nikolas Stihl, chairman of the STIHL advisory and supervisory boards, and wished him all the best for the future.
Dr. Clemens Schaller will take over as new general manager of VIKING GmbH on May 1, 2018. Wolfgang Zahn, the incumbent executive board member responsible for product development, will perfom his duties at the founding company until further notice.