Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 19th of April 2016
Peter Warns is the sole managing director and board member
At the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2016, the company founder and chief shareholder of the Wolfen based photo service provider ORWO Net, Dr. Gerhard Köhler, ended his activities both as Managing Director of ORWO Net GmbH and as CEO of ORWO Net AG.
Peter Warns (on the right), who has been with ORWO Net since August 1, 2014, is the sole managing director and board member. However, Dr. Köhler (in the picture on the left) remains the main shareholder and consultant.
Hans Dieter Lindemeyer, co-owner and chairman of the supervisory board, commented: "ORWO Net owes much to Gerhard Köhler, who founded the company in 2002 and took over business operations as part of a reorganization in October 2003.
Since then, the number of employees has increased tenfold to more than 300. Sales have risen fifteenfold from around EUR 3 million. With the company's long-term strategy we have influenced the development trend in individualized digital photo products and have been among the market drivers in the industry in Germany for years.
Dr. Gerhard Köhler and Peter Warns have been preparing the company founder`s withdrawal for some time. In particular the second management level in the company was further strengthened and equipped with more competences. ORWO Net is thus well prepared to cope with further growth and to use the in autumn 2015 massively expanded production for a sustained increase in sales and employment.