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Harald Sommerer Appointed as New CEO of Zumtobel AG

26 March 2010 12.30 GMT

(Austria) - The Supervisory Board of Zumtobel AG has appointed Harald Sommerer as a member of the Management Board of Zumtobel AG and announced he is to succeed Andreas Ludwig as the Chief Executive Officer of Zumtobel AG as of May 1 this year.

Ludwig, who has been serving as CEO since September 2003, will leave the company on April 30, 2010, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement.

The Supervisory Board of Zumtobel AG recognizes Andreas Ludwig for his successful work at the Zumtobel Group. Under his leadership the company went public on the Vienna Stock Exchange and he has set important steps towards the internationalisation of the Zumtobel Group. Going forward Ludwig will take up new responsibilities outside of the Zumtobel Group.

Until the end of January 2010, Harald Sommerer (43) served as Chairman of the Management Board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG and has been serving as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zumtobel AG since April 2006. During the past years, Sommerer successfully expanded AT&S into a leading manufacturer of printed circuit boards in Europe and Asia, has many years of experience in managing a publicly listed company and is very familiar with the Zumtobel Group's business based on his work in the Supervisory Board.

In an initial statement, Jürg Zumtobel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zumtobel AG, said: "I have come to know Mr. Sommerer as an extremely competent, committed and prudent colleague in the Supervisory Board of Zumtobel AG. I am very pleased that he agreed to serve as Zumtobel's new CEO." Sommerer will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer on the basis of a three-year contract ending April 30, 2013 and has resigned from his position in the Supervisory Board on March 24, 2010.

The international market experience and the knowledge in the field of electronics that Sommerer has acquired in his professional past will also be of significant benefit for the future positioning of the Zumtobel Group as a leading player in the global lighting industry and for actively pushing innovative products such as the LED technology. "Mr. Sommerer also enjoys a high reputation with institutional and private investors as well as financial analysts, which is a very important asset for Zumtobel AG as a listed company", Chairman of the Supervisory Board Jürg Zumtobel added.


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