The Erwin Hymer Group has appointed Jan Francke to its management board from 1 February 2019 in the newly created role of Chief Operations Officer at its head office in Bad Waldsee, Germany.
Jan Francke, 48, is an industrial engineer with international senior management experience in the automotive supplier industry. He will be responsible for
the areas of R&D, supply chain management and operations throughout the Erwin Hymer Group’s production sites.
The objective of bringing these areas under one management board member is to make it easier to manage these important processes more efficiently.
Jan Francke has worked for the international group of companies BOS GmbH & Co. KG – an automotive industry systems and component supplier – as its general manager and COO since 2011. Prior to that, he held the position of general manager at the Brose Group.
Martin Brandt, chairman of the Group’s Executive Board: “We are delighted that we have been able to recruit a proven expert for this challenging position in the Erwin Hymer Group in Jan Francke. His management expertise and product know-how in the automotive area makes him the perfect addition to our management team.”
The Erwin Hymer Group is Europe’s largest manufacturer of motorhomes and caravans with a turnover of more than 1.9 billion Euros. Each year the group sells more than 50,000 leisure vehicles and employs some 5,500 people across its affiliated companies.
The Erwin Hymer Group includes the motorhome and caravan brands Bürstner, Carado, Dethleffs, Eriba, Etrusco, Hymer, Niesmann+Bischoff, Laika, LMC, Roadtrek, and Sunlight, Europe’s largest motorhome rental company McRent, the motorhome rental companies Best Times RV and rent easy, the chassis specialist Goldschmitt, the accessory specialist Movera, and the tent caravan manufacturer 3DOG camping. It also owns the Explorer Group in the UK, which includes the Buccaneer, Compass, Elddis, and Xplore brands.
It was recently announced that Thor Industries Inc is to acquire the Erwin Hymer Group to form one of the largest global groups in the leisure vehicle industry.