After 10 years as Managing Director of Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH, Friedrich Nebel is retiring on 14 December 2018. He is succeeded by Jan Wölfle, who previously held senior roles in marketing, sales and service at HP Inc., working both in Europe and worldwide. He was appointed Managing Director as of 13 December 2018 by the shareholders of Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH.
During his time as Managing Director, Nebel successfully consolidated the business group and focused Hahnemühle on its core areas of Digital FineArt, Traditional FineArt and Filtration, accompanied by continuous sales and earnings growth.
Wölfle aims to continue to develop the traditional company, founded in 1584, and put it in a strong position to take advantage of the opportunities of the digital transformation: ‘Hahnemühle is synonymous with the highest quality in the three areas of Digital FineArt papers, Traditional FineArt papers and filter papers. As a ‘Brand of the Century’, Hahnemühle has a secure place on the list of long-established companies. We will continue to offer the best solutions in each market segment and use innovations to develop and expand our business areas worldwide.’
Wölfle, who has a degree in engineering and an Executive MBA, has over 20 years of international experience at Hewlett-Packard dealing with the analogue-to-digital transformation of the printing sector, including the professional photo segment. Before joining HP, he worked in the medical technology industry.
In addition to Jan Wölfle as Managing Director, the extended senior management team will be compiled in future as follows:
Henrik Bernander, Sales – Ann Kristin Nohlen, Marketing – Stefan Müller, Technical Site Management
The shareholders, Advisory Board and employees of Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH would like to thank Friedrich Nebel for his many successful years leading the company, and wish him all the best for the next stage of his life. Nebel and Wölfle will work together with the employees, customers and business partners until 14 December to ensure a seamless handover.
Many companies claim to be steeped in ‘tradition’. However, there is hardly any company that is worthier of wearing this signet of consistency, experience and quality than Hahnemühle. The paper manufacturer from Dassel, Lower Saxony, was founded in 1584 and has been producing paper at the same location ever since then.
It all started with handmade writing paper, complemented over the centuries by artists’ papers and special technical papers. With an uninterrupted expertise of manufacturing, today’s portfolio comprises more than 500 types of the finest paper.
Traditional FineArt papersfor painting and printing are made according to old recipes with high-quality cotton fibres or cellulose and pure spring water. Hahnemühle papers enjoy the best reputation as genuine mould-made papers, watercolour papers, drawing papers and in sketchbooks.
Hahnemühle is considered the inventor of digital fine art papers for inkjet printing. As a pioneer, the oldest German artist paper manufactory has been refining its real artist papers for exclusive prints of photographs and art reproductions.
All papers feature excellent ageing resistance and are trusted as a ‘brand of the century’ in more than 80 countries around the world by artists, photographers, museums, galleries and collectors.
Headquartered in Dassel, Lower Saxony, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, USA and China, the company employs approximately 200 people worldwide.