Dual leadership for OYSTAR

The global packaging machine manufacturer OYSTAR will now be led by two executives.

The Supervisory Board of OYSTAR Holding GmbH has appointed Markus Ehl and Barry W. Shoulders as Co-CEOs effective April 20, 2012.

Both managers have several decades of management experience in the packaging industry and in the company. Mr. Ehl has been with OYSTAR Group for the past eight years and previously held the position of COO as a member of the Executive Board. Mr. Shoulders, with 25 years of experience in the industry, previously held the position of President of OYSTAR North America and was also a member of the Executive Board.

Mr. Ehl said, "The change in management will not alter the successful OYSTAR strategy. We will continue to focus on the Packaging business in the future, pursuing our growth strategy." The OYSTAR Group had divested its Process division at the beginning of the previous year in order to concentrate on packaging machinery for the food, dairy, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Significant growth was achieved in all four divisions in 2011.

Mr. Shoulders said, "We continue to be ambitious. With the consistent continuation of our product strategy we aim to achieve sales of EUR 500m by 2015 with a considerable double-digit EBIT margin." OYSTAR had announced its annual results for 2011 just a few weeks before with a 10% increase in operating earnings.

In addition to their new positions at the helm of OYSTAR, the two managers will also manage business units. Mr. Ehl will be based in Germany, while Mr. Shoulders will be based in North America. They will continue to be supported by Dr. Josef Spieler as CFO and Dieter Steinbach as CMO. The previous CEO Tom Graf left the company at the end of March.
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