Christof Barklage new CEO of Nexans Deutschland

Hanover, 1 June 2011 – Change in the executive board of Nexans Deutschland GmbH, Hanover: Christof Barklage (49) is to become CEO with effect from 1 June 2011. Barklage, already a member of the executive board (CFO) since April 2005, thus succeeds Dr. Francis Krähenbühl, who, after three and a half years heading the company, will be moving to the Nexans headquarters in Paris where he will act as Vice President of Corporate Purchasing. Dr. Holger Fastabend (45) is to join the executive board. Both Barklage and Fastabend have long held leading positions in the company and its predecessors and are thoroughly familiar with the challenges of the cable industry.

The restructuring in the German executive board of the Group accompanies a strategic realignment of operating business in Europe.

Christof Barklage started out in the cable industry back in 1988 at Kabelmetal electro GmbH, which was later merged with Alcatel Kabel and in 2000 with Nexans. The Economics graduate worked in the commercial areas of the company in particular, including as head of the Central Finance and Accounting division from 1997 to 2005.

Dr. Holger Fastabend began his career in the cable industry at Nexans’ predecessor company Alcatel Kabel AG & Co. in 1997 after graduating with his doctorate in Engineering. In 2002 he took over management of the Nexans plant in Mönchengladbach while at the same time managing central international projects for the Group in the following years, such as the Transrapid in Shanghai and the Horns Rev II offshore wind farm. Since the beginning of 2007 he has been a Business Unit Manager at Nexans Deutschland.

 Christof Barklage  Dr. Holger Fastabend
Christof Barklage,
Chief Executive Officer
Nexans Deutschland GmbH
Dr. Holger Fastabend,
Member of Executive Board
Nexans Deutschland GmbH

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