MAINTAL, Germany – John Stephenson, chief operating officer (COO) of NORMA Group, left the company at his own request on January 31.
During the transitional phase, Bernd Kleinhens, chairman of the Management Board of NORMA Group, will take over the duties of COO until the position can be refilled. John Stephenson has headed NORMA Group’s operative business as a member of the Management Board since 2009 and established APAC’s strong structure during his time as president of the Asia-Pacific region from 2011 to 2014. The Management Board position of chief operating officer (COO) will be refilled.
“We would like to thank John Stephenson for his outstanding achievements as COO. Under his leadership, NORMA Group increased its quality standards and production efficiency worldwide,” said Dr. Stefan Wolf, chairman of the Supervisory Board of NORMA Group. “During his term as president of the Asia-Pacific region, he also opened up new growth markets in the area of water management through three acquisitions and successfully integrated the acquired companies into the Group. We regret to see John Stephenson leave NORMA Group and wish him all the best for his future career.”
“John Stephenson’s many initiatives have had a significant impact on NORMA Group’s success and are valuable foundations on which we can continue to build,” said Kleinhens. “I thank him for his collegial cooperation on the Board and wish him every success in the future.”
John Stephenson informed the Supervisory Board in 2017 that he would like to resign from the Management Board at the latest with the expiration of his term of office in July 2018.