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Kai Horten becomes new CEO of ESG

Kai Horten succeeds Gerhard Schempp as Chairman of the Board of Management.


Kai Horten was voted as the new Chairman of the Board of Management by the shareholders of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, effective 1 January 2014. He will succeed Gerhard Schempp, who is retiring after fifteen years at the head of the company.

The Chairman of the ESG Shareholders Meeting, Mario Paoli, thanked Gerhard Schempp on behalf of all shareholders for his impressive entrepreneurial record: ‚I would like to thank Gerhard Schempp for his extraordinary and extremely successful contribution. To remain at the head of this company for fifteen years and to develop it – together with the entire ESG team – into one of the leading German system and software providers and a reliable innovation partner for government authorities, the Bundeswehr and the automotive industry, is an achievement that speaks for itself. Gerhard Schempp is handing over a company that is in good order and oriented toward the future, with unique innovative strength, technological expertise and customer service.

I am sure that Kai Horten is just the right business personality to pursue ESG's sustainable course of growth, alongside Götz Graichen, for the good of their military and civilian customers.’

CV Kai Horten:

Kai Horten studied aerospace engineering at the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich and received the degree Dipl.-Ing. Univ. He started his career in 1989 as an aircraft maintenance officer in the navy, where he took on various managerial roles involving maintenance and servicing of on-board helicopters for the German navy up until 1995. From 1995 to 1999 he worked as purchasing manager in a supplies organisation for the French, German and Italian navies as well as manager of the German liaison offices in the French navy in Toussus-le-Noble near Paris. After this he moved to Eurocopter in 2000 and managed the integrated logistics of the German-French helicopter programme TIGER. From 2003 onwards, Mr. Horten was manager of the defence division at EADS and was involved in structuring and leading the business unit Defence and Communication Communication Systems and was finally also responsible for the programme area Naval Systems. In 2006 he integrated the area into the company ATLAS Elektronik, developed in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp, and headed this company as managing director until 2011. As of 1 October 2011 Mr. Horten led Premium AEROTEC, one of the world's leading manufacturers of civil and military aircraft structures, as President and CEO. As of 1 January 2014 Kai Horten has taken over responsibility as Chairman of the Board of Management of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH.



For fifty years, ESG has been one of Germany`s leading companies for the development, integration and operation of electronic and IT systems. With more than 1600 employees globally, we provide logistics, system development, training and consultancy services for military, government and industry customers. Independent process and technology consultancy is one of ESG`s key areas of expertise. Technology transfer between markets is the basis for the decisive contribution to the added value of our customers.

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