Dr Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser group for many years and president of the supervisory board since 2014, celebrated his 75th birthday. He will end his active involvement in the family-owned business at the end of the year. However, he will remain associated with the group as a shareholder and chairman of the Endress family council.
Born on 9 Dec 1948 as the second of eight children for company founder Dr Georg Endress and his wife Alice, Klaus studied industrial engineering and joined his father’s company in 1979. In 1995, Klaus took over as CEO and shaped the Endress+Hauser group’s development for almost two decades. In 2014, he moved to the supervisory board.
To this day, much of the company bears the signature of Klaus. His time as CEO saw the separation and focusing of sales and production, the introduction of uniform IT structures, the internationalisation of the business and the establishment of global production based on the principle of ‘from the region, for the region’.
Klaus was also actively involved in politics, education, culture and business. From 2005-2018, he represented the interests of the canton of Baselland on the University Council of the University of Basel, Switzerland. In 2019, the faculty of economics awarded him an honorary doctorate for his commitment; in the same year, he was recognised for supporting the development of the Basel region.
From 2008-2017, Klaus chaired the WVIB, an industrial association of more than 1,000 small and medium-sized companies in southwestern Germany. On his retirement, the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg, Germany, made the Swiss entrepreneur an honorary senator. He also received the German Federal Cross of Merit.
At the end of the year, Klaus will no longer be involved in the company. In future, the family will be represented on the supervisory board by Sandra Genge and Steven Endress, two members of the third generation. Klaus will remain associated with the company as a shareholder and chairman of the family council.