Fagus-GreCon Greten has appointed Michael Gawronski as co-managing director. He shares the job with Uwe Kahmann, who has been managing director since 2007. The group’s Fagus business produces shoe lasts, while the GreCon unit focuses on measuring equipment and fire protection systems.

Gawronski will focus mainly on technical matters, while Kahmann will oversee commercial and sales activities. Gawronski started on Sept. 15, replacing Ernst Greten, who held the job on an interim basis from the start of the year.

It is the first time in more than 100 years that the company has no member of the owning families in the management team.

Gawronski was previously at Leoni, a German cable and harnessing manufacturing firm, where he worked for seven years and became vice president of the business segment enterprise & industrial projects. At Fagus-GreCon Greten he is expected to identify and develop new digital business opportunities.

The group’s Fagus factory, commissioned by its founder Carl Benscheidt and built in 1911-1913, still produces shoe lasts. The building was designed by Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus School, and Adolf Meyer and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011.