On 1 April 2020 Schule Schloss Salem welcomed the new managing director and business manager of Schule Schloss Salem gGmbH, Thomas Obitz. With Mr. Thomas Obitz (48), we have brought on board a lawyer and economist who has a broad spectrum of knowledge and methods, which he will put to good use as managing director and business manager. Thus he is a worthy successor to our highly esteemed Christian Niederhofer. Mr. Niederhofer will thankfully continue in his role as managing director for some time to support Mr. Obitz in his new position. Thank you very much also for this!
The chairman of the supervisory board Dr. Maximilian Dietzsch-Doertenbach introduced Thomas Obitz with a short question-answer dialogue.
Mr. Obitz, you have many years of industrial experience, most recently as managing director of a medium-sized company, why don’t you tell us about your previous activities?
Over the past 17 years I have had the opportunity to develop at Atlantic Zeiser, an international “hidden champion“ from our region. Based in tranquil Emmingen, in the district of Tuttlingen, the company is the world market leader in highly innovative (digital) technologies. Every one of you has already had products produced with machines developed by us in your hands or keeps them safely in your wallet: banknotes and many plastic cards.
As a young lawyer, I was initially responsible for the areas of law, risk management and compliance. My boss quickly realized that I am not a typical lawyer who hides behind law books, but that for me the human being is in the foreground. I became the link between the management and the employees as well as the works council and was henceforth responsible for the human resources department. I was able to contribute my affinity for IT as well as my understanding of business administration, with the result that I was eventually entrusted with IT, finance and controlling. My Executive MBA studies at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland were of great benefit to me. In recent years, I have had overall responsibility for the company, which is constantly adapting to changes, as well as for our various subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia. Within the framework of a restructuring following a recent sale of the company, I ended my involvement there on the best of terms.