Walter Hühn Appointed CEO, Element Six
LONDON, February 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
The Board of Element Six is pleased to announce the appointment of Walter Huehn as the
company’s new CEO with effect from 8th March 2013.
Currently Executive Director of Advanced Materials and Technologies and based in
Germany, Walter joined Element Six in 2008 to lead the Advanced Materials Division and
became Director of Technologies in 2011.
Since joining Element Six, Walter has transformed the Advanced Materials business to
become a major contributor to Element Six’s revenue stream and operating profit. Under his
stewardship, the Technologies business is experiencing very strong growth across all its
key markets, and has established a reputation for developing extreme performance
application innovations in collaboration with customers. 2012 saw Element Six win the
Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, in joint partnership with Bowers & Wilkins
(B&W), the British audio brand. Through his leadership Walter has also brought rigour and
structure into the Element Six sales and distribution teams globally, enabling ever
strengthening partnerships to be realised with key customer accounts.
Prior to joining Element Six, Walter held a number of roles across the
telecommunications and information technology industry, including Fujitsu Computers, where
he was Director of their Major Account Business driving new product and services
offerings. Walter also served as Managing Director of Motorola Germany, established
Motorola’s international Key Account organisation for Network Operators, and was part of
the development of Motorola’s new Global Consumer Marketing initiatives.
Commenting on his appointment, Philippe Mellier, CEO, De Beers Group and Chairman,
Element Six said: “This is an exciting time for Element Six as its synthetic diamond
products continue to substitute traditional materials in abrasive applications, and enable
entirely new technologies and applications exploiting synthetic diamond’s electronic,
thermal, optical and chemical properties.
Walter’s strong technological background and established reputation with Element Six’s
customers, combined with the company’s world-leading R&D and IP, its manufacturing
excellence, and the highest quality and service standards in its industry, mean Element
Six is well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.”
Walter will divide his time between London and Frankfurt and will be appointed to the
De Beers Group Executive Committee.
Notes to Editors:
About Element Six
Element Six (http://www.e6.com) is a synthetic diamond supermaterials company. Element
Six is a member of the De Beers Group of Companies, its majority shareholder. Element Six
designs, develops and produces synthetic diamond supermaterials, and operates worldwide
with its head office registered in Luxembourg, and primary manufacturing facilities in
China, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa, US and the UK.
Element Six supermaterial solutions are used in applications such as cutting,
grinding, drilling, shearing and polishing, while the extreme properties of synthetic
diamond beyond hardness are already opening up new applications in a wide array of
industries such as optics, power transmission, water treatment, semiconductors and
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