The Claas Group Shareholders' Committee has appointed Jan-Hendrik Mohr as the new CEO effective April 1, 2023. The outgoing CEO, Thomas Böck, has decided to step down as CEO of the Claas Group to pursue new endeavors. While the Shareholders and Group Executive Board have acknowledged Böck’s decision, they were excited to be able to find an experienced successor in Jan-Hendrik Mohr.
Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Claas Group, had this to say about the new appointment. "Jan-Hendrik Mohr is highly respected at Claas and in our industry. He knows Claas like no one else and has proven his worth. He shaped the company during his many years in various management positions. Together with his colleagues in the Group Executive Board and all employees, he will build on the successful work of his predecessor and lead Claas boldly into the future. I am very grateful that Jan-Hendrik Mohr is now taking on the responsibility as CEO of the Claas Group."
Jan-Hendrik Mohr, a graduate engineer, has been with the Claas Group since 1984 continuously taking on increasing responsibilities. He has been a member of the Group Executive Board since 2008. He is currently responsible for the Business Unit Grain, which he will continue to lead in a personal capacity. CEO-designate Jan-Hendrik Mohr had this to say about his new role: "I look forward to continuing our success story together with my colleagues in the Group Executive Board and all employees. Claas stands for a high level of technological expertise, products that excite and a corporate culture that unites us. We think long-term and have a clear vision: to make our customers the best in their field."
Thomas Böck Says Goodbye After More Than 16 Years at Claas
"Since last summer, the desire has matured in me to take on new challenges after more than 16 years at Claas, including almost four years as CEO,” explained Thomas Böck. “Now is a good time for a change: Claas has emerged stronger from the various crises and is in a very strong position today. During my time as CEO, sales have risen to over five billion euros. Despite the crises, we will achieve an excellent result this financial year. We have set the right course to lead Claas into a successful future."
"We owe Thomas Böck a great debt of gratitude,” said Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser. “He is a gifted technician and strategic entrepreneur. He has achieved outstanding things, especially in the fields of product development and digitalization. The digital transformation of the Claas Group will always be associated with his name. As CEO of the Claas Group, he was known and respected far beyond the Group, particularly for his strategic foresight and profound technological knowledge. In addition, he enjoyed great popularity among the employees of the Claas Group due to his appreciative and people-oriented approach. We wish Thomas Böck all the best and will remain in close contact with him in the future."
Farm Equipment Editor Mike Lessiter encountered Mohr on a 2019 Claas North America tour assignment in Europe. Click here to read diary entry #5 from Lessiter's trip, where he sits in on a presentation from Mohr, then the head of Claas’ Grain Harvest Division
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