Our Management Board
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Schmidt has been Chairman of the Management Board at the CWS Group since June 2017. His professional career began as an engineer at General Electric (GE), where he held a number of managerial positions. Following his move to TE Connectivity, he took on the role of President of TE Industrial. He was appointed to the Management Board of the CWS shareholder Haniel in January 2017, a position which he also still holds.
Chief Financial Officer
Heiko Karschti has been responsible for Corporate Finance in the CWS Group since January 2018, supervising Controlling, Accounting, Treasury, Corporate Audit and Corporate Legal. The economist began his career at Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH in 1994. Following posts at Haniel Rohr- und Kanalservice GmbH and in the holding company’s Controlling department, he moved to Haniel Bauindustrie (Xella from 2001) in spring 2000, where he held a number of different positions – most recently that of CFO.
Chief Divisional Officer Textile Care
Morten Haure-Petersen has been responsible for the company’s Textile Care division since March 2019. The German-Dane was formerly employed as Group Chief Commercial Officer for the shipping company Scandlines Group and Chief Executive Officer of the company for the German market. Prior to that, he held various managerial positions in the hospitality and catering sector.