MUNICH, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoffmann Group, Europe's leading system partner for quality tools, has appointed Bruce Barlag as the company's new Chairman of the Supervisory Board effective January 1, 2017. As Hoffmann Group takes on significant geographic expansion and continues to grow and transform, this appointment is instrumental in the company's next significant stage of growth.
"I am delighted to have Bruce join our team as Chairman," said Robert Blackburn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoffmann Group. "Bruce is an accomplished executive with a track record of profitable business growth, deep expertise in emerging technology and markets, combined with years of building digital capabilities for global iconic companies. His experience, insight and network will help us continue the tradition of creating first market advantage for our worldwide customers and partners."
"I thank the Board for their confidence in proposing me as Chairman and I'm looking forward to working with Hoffmann Group and its leadership for continued success," said Barlag. "I'm very excited and honored for this opportunity. There is much growth potential in the Hoffmann Group's ability to launch new offerings built on technology for existing and new markets. Together we can realize our vision to create the next generation of products, services and platforms."
Noted for his connections with some of the world's best business leaders, Barlag is also Chairman of Atlanta-based Global Executive Group (GXG), a privately-held executive leadership company dedicated to helping executives accelerate the achievement of targeted growth goals through fast track customized learning experiences. Prior to founding GXG, Barlag was managing director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), a $1 Billion+ professional services firm. He was responsible for the formulation of go-to-market strategies for A&M's business consulting segment, expanding their service offering and significantly growing their business. Preceding A&M, Barlag was the CEO of World 50, a private organization that manages executive peer communities for the senior-most officers from global corporations. Under Mr. Barlag's leadership, the company grew at a compounded annual rate of 35%. Barlag was also CEO and founder of New Science Associates, an emerging digital technology and strategy think tank. New Science Associates was later acquired by Gartner, Inc., where Mr. Barlag was then named executive vice president of interactive services, chief marketing officer and member of the executive leadership team.
The Munich-based Hoffmann Group, built on the true quality of German design and engineering, is Europe's leading system partner for quality tools. Hoffmann Group combines commercial expertise with both manufacturing and service competence. This combination guarantees reliability in supply, quality and productivity in the tooling sector and with workstations and storage solutions to over 135,000 customers. Optimum and reliable advice, from individual needs analysis through to efficient use of products, is assured at all times. Alongside tools for machining, clamping, measuring, grinding and cutting, the portfolio also comprises hand tools, protective work-wear, workstations and storage and workshop accessories. Customers include major listed companies as well as medium-sized and small companies in more than 50 countries. In 2015, Hoffmann Group generated a worldwide turnover of more than 1.1 billion euros. Including GARANT, its own premium brand, Hoffmann Group offers 70,000 quality tools from the world's leading manufacturers. With comprehensive customer service and a delivery quality of over 99 percent as certified by TÜV, the tools specialist with its head office in Munich is a reliable and efficient partner for its customers.
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