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2018-02-05

Evolution of the next management generation

Uster Technologies has announced plans for a phased evolution in key senior management positions. Progression to the next leadership generation will see Harold Hoke (executive vice president, sales and service) and Walter Kiechl (the company's chief officer in China), step back gradually, to foster a seamless transition over the next year.

Seamless transition to new USTER sales and market leadership

After 37 successful years with USTER, Harold Hoke will be succeeded by Anson Xu and Andreas Tanner, under a new organizational structure. Anson Xu will head all the Chinese operations, while remaining as Head of Sales in China. Andreas Tanner will become Executive Vice President Sales and Service for the rest of the world, as well as handling liaison with machinery manufacturers.

Andreas Tanner, Harold Hoke (c) 2018 Uster
Andreas Tanner, Harold Hoke (c) 2018 Uster


The new appointments will take effect from April 1, 2018. However, Harold Hoke will continue with USTER until at least March 2019, assisting the new appointees with the take-up. He will also remain a member of the company’s executive committee, as well as assuming full responsibility for other projects. On completion of these duties, Harold Hoke will enter his retirement.

Anson Xu, Walter Kiechl (c) 2018 Uster
Anson Xu, Walter Kiechl (c) 2018 Uster


Andreas Tanner is already well-known within USTER and the wider textile community. His experience, passion, determination and accountability, will assure strength, continuity and stability of the USTER business.

In making the changes, Uster Technologies has focused on advance planning, to ensure customers experience a smooth and efficient continuation of their relationship. Said CEO Thomas Nasiou: “We have taken the opportunity to have a fresh look at our organization, to position ourselves for the future. By initiating an early search for internal and external candidates, we are confident we have identified the right successors, as well as creating a streamlined transition plan.”

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