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The Klingele Group Announces New Executive

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The Klingele Group (Germany), one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and corrugated cardboard packaging, strengthens its management team with Carolyn Wagner as Managing Director Western Europe. In this position, the 50-year old will have responsibility for the business of the four corrugated cardboard plants in Germany as well as the sheet plants in Germany and the Netherlands. Ms Wagner was previously Managing Director of DECO Glas, a specialist in the finishing of packaging glass.

Carolyn Wagner studied packaging technology in Leipzig and has spent her entire working life in the packaging industry. She has 20 years of experience working in senior positions for packaging manufacturers, from Key Account Manager and Sales Manager to Managing Director. As Managing Director for the industry's largest company DS Smith, she had responsibility for the business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (German-speaking countries) with 20 manufacturing locations and a turnover of 700 million euros. While working for the Swedish company SCA Packaging, she managed the sales, marketing and development for the packaging division within Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which was the best performing region of the group.

Since 2017, Klingele has been led by a five-member senior management board that makes decisions on strategic issues for Klingele Papierwerke. The goal is to establish a stronger position as a whole group, implement and execute innovations across the entire company more rapidly as well as to press ahead with internationalization. 

"With Carolyn Wagner we are gaining a highly competent colleague and manager for our company with many years of experience", stated Dr. Jan Klingele, Managing Partner. "Thanks to her technical background, her hands-on approach and customer focus as well as her extensive market knowledge, she is the perfect choice for us, adding on to the fact that she already knows many of our customers personally." Carolyn Wagner is looking forward to her new role: "Klingele is a traditional family company with a real entrepreneurial approach at the top and, at the same time, very ambitious in its international markets. There is also an innovation-friendly climate within Klingele, whether it's technology or developing new solutions together with customers. I really like this combination", Carolyn Wagner goes on to say, "In the German corrugated board industry, I specifically chose to work for Klingele. It was a deliberate and conscious decision to join the Klingele Group."

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