New Head of Communications at Georg Fischer

12.11.2008

Markus Sauter, who has been Head of Communications at Georg Fischer AG, Schaffhausen, for many years, has expressed the wish to retire in the spring of 2009. Markus Sauter joined Georg Fischer on 1 September 1990 as the Head of the Communications service division with responsibility for the Corporation s internal and external communication.

He was in the public eye as the Corporation s partner for the daily press and business media. Through his strong personal commitment, he was instrumental in Georg Fischer being credibly perceived as a responsible company with an international outlook. The Executive Committee takes this occasion to thank Markus Sauter for his many years of successful service and wishes him and his family all the best.

Bettina Schmidt will succeed Markus Sauter as Head of Corporate Communications on 19 March 2009. She joined Georg Fischer on 1 October 2004 as the Head of Corporate Branding. In this function she is responsible for strategic brand management and for various corporate publications.

Bettina Schmidt is a German citizen with a degree in business administration. She has many years of experience in international corporate communication in various industrial companies and is perfectly familiar with the Swiss market. As the current deputy to Markus Sauter, she is very well qualified for her new task.

About Georg Fischer

Georg Fischer is focused on its three core businesses GF Automotive, GF Piping Systems and GF AgieCharmilles. Founded in 1802, the company is headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and has over 140 locations worldwide including 50 production facilities. With some 13,000 employees, it generated annual sales of 4.5 billion Swiss francs in 2007. The Corporation makes a direct contribution to the quality of life: Mobility, comfort and precision are key market requirements that we satisfy with our products and services.

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