The position was created primarily in response to the growing importance of global customers and the corresponding growth of the business in international markets. To strengthen the strategic support of the three headquarters in the United States, China and Japan, CEO Thomas Herrmann has entrusted management to Deponte as of April 1. Deponte’s role is to coordinate the sites more closely to leverage resources, standardize processes, and thus secure international growth.
Herrmann is also looking to strengthen ties within the group through greater exchanges. The goal is to develop a global Herrmann culture over the next few years with shared values and shared goals.
“For us, there’s only one why and that’s ‘bonding – more than materials’, and we want that same commitment to excite customers at all of our locations around the world,” says Deponte.
The qualified mechatronics engineer and experienced sales manager joined Herrmann four years ago. To date, he has been instrumental in establishing the global metals business unit and led the development of ultrasonic welding solutions for lithium-ion batteries, wiring harnesses, power rails and the terminals. He is to continue as global sales manager alongside his new role. Michael Leipold, who already heads the Plastics business unit, takes over from Deponte as head of the global Metals business unit.