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Stéphane Simonetta to join Grundfos as executive VP and head of operations

Stéphane Simonetta, 43, joins the Grundfos Group as new executive vice president and head of operations (COO) starting 1st September, 2015.

Mr. Simonetta brings 18 years of experience in supply chain, lean manufacturing, and operations, primarily in the automotive industry, and has solid professional experience from assignments in Thailand, Mexico, France, Slovakia and China.

For the past years he has been with Honeywell Transportation Systems, based in Rolle, Switzerland, as head of supply chain and then VP of operations.

Prior to this, Mr. Simonetta served as director for Valeo's Group China supply chain and production, based in Shanghai, and before this as supply chain director Europe for one of Valeo’s businesses.

Mr. Simonetta Simonetta was born in France and holds a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering and computer science from the Ecole d'Ingénieur en Génie Informatique et Productique in Valenciennes, France, and has a degree from IMD.

Besides French, Stéphane is also fluent in English, Thai and Spanish.

He will relocate in Denmark together with his wife and their two twin daughters.

‘Stéphane’s solid experience and ideas will be most valuable for the deployment of our business strategy 2020, where one of our key focus areas is our supply chain,’ group president Mads Nipper says, ‘We want to build an end-to-end supply chain as a competitive advantage by aligning front and back end in order to satisfy demand across value chains and leveraging our scale in manufacturing, procurement, and logistics.’

Stéphane Simonetta will join the group management with direct report to Mr. Nipper and will be based in Bjerringbro, Denmark.