MUNICH/UNTERFÖHRING, Germany — February 21, 2023 — Kim Scholze was appointed to the board of management of Sympatex effective, January 1, 2023. As chief sales and marketing officer (CSMO), Scholze will be responsible for global Sympatex sales and marketing strategy. It is an absolute novelty that Sympatex divides the management in such a way and integrates a woman in the board.
Current CEO Dr. Rüdiger Fox, remains in management, with particular emphasis in new Technologies and the restructuring of the Supply Chain towards consistent Circularity.
The proportion of women in management board positions has been only 8.2 percent in 2022. Important positions in business (management, supervisory board) are still predominantly occupied by men.
“I took office about six years ago with the ambition of making consistent sustainability a non-negotiable board topic in our industry,” said Dr. Fox. “In recent months, fundamental progress has been made here: A consistent ban on fluorochemicals is now unstoppable worldwide. And the EU has set all the course to force our industry into a circular business model. The latter only works collaboratively across competitive boundaries. Kim Scholze has already credibly proven in the past that she is the best person to orchestrate such a process and to adequately embody our role in it. For this, I am happy to step aside.”, adds Fox.
Scholze has been with the company since March 15, 2021, as chief sustainable community manager and head of Storytelling. With Scholze in the board, the company’s orientation is clear: It is not about making the biggest possible profits. It is about attitude, collaboration, and a shared industry drive towards sustainability.
“I am a proud part of the sport and outdoor industry for over 30 years,” Scholze said. “I have been giving my conviction for sustainability, attitude and change a face — the creation and feeding of communication platforms are my expertise. Today, I am fully in with Sympatex, for different cases of platform-thinking. I identify personally with Sympatex and the company’s consistent and transparent strategy and, with immediate effect, I am managing director alongside Dr. Rüdiger Fox. My main function and responsibility are sales and marketing.”
“To drive change effectively, we need a different perspective and the openness for collaboration,” Scholze added. “In this sense, my biggest challenge is to find common ground for our ideas. If you are in a powerful position, like I am now, as CSMO, I recommend to always stick to the question: Are we working towards something that is relevant? If it doesn’t make sense to us as individuals and humans, it probably won’t be relevant to our customers and employees.”
Sympatex designs its products since many years towards “Closing-the-Loop”, communicates it, spreads information and knowledge and the strong desire of cooperation rather than investing in pure marketing campaigns. To achieve positive change towards alternative sustainable technologies and materials, collaboration with players across the industry is needed.
Sympatex’ Focus is working towards something that is relevant in the context of the global textile industry. With a team of like-minded people, Sympatex is pioneer in the development of a circular and regenerative business model. Along the way, the company has already achieved a lot and helped pushing boundaries. And yet, the board still sees a lot of untapped potential and the enormous value in designing attractive and regenerative solutions.
Posted: February 21, 2023
Source: Sympatex Technologies GmbH