The Rhenus World 01/18
Reinhard Lohmann initially worked as the commercial director in the RETHMANN Group, then as CFO and later as CEO. After retiring from the management board, he moved to the Group’s supervisory board. He chaired the supervisory boards of the three divisional companies, SARIA, REMONDIS and Rhenus, for many years.
First of all, let us review the past. One year after the appointment of Dr Hermann Niehues, Reinhard Lohmann joined the company in 1979 as a second economics graduate from the University of Münster and worked as the commercial director and later CFO and CEO of the Group. Compared to the dimensions today, the company’s size was really not complicated at the end of the 1970s – it had 288 employees and turnover of DM 42 million.
Reinhard Lohmann at the start of his career at RETHMANN. From left: Norbert Rethmann, Reinhard Lohmann and Dr Hermann Niehues.
During the course of the ongoing history of the company, a number of strategic decisions were taken and they made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the three divisional companies. During each of these decisions, Reinhard Lohmann had the difficult task of ensuring that the funding was available and financial integration would succeed after the takeovers..
Norbert Rethmann, the Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board and a Member of the Supervisory Board of the RETHMANN Group, spoke at the farewell celebration. “A management team consisting of Dr Hermann Niehues, Reinhard Lohmann and myself developed in a creative and productive atmosphere. Our motivation was based on our management policy and it paid off again and again: it involved transferring responsibility – even at the very highest level – in a trusting and demanding manner and promoting business activities through this.”
Reinhard Lohmann added, “I’ve spent 38 rich and wonderful years at this company. I’d like to thank Mr Rethmann and the Rethmann family too that I’ve been able to act with such freedom. This leeway and the opportunity to do and achieve something are absolutely invaluable and are complemented by the fact that I’ve been able to work with many different and delightful people. This was true for me at this company right from the outset.”
Dr Hermann Niehues, the CEO, Reinhard Lohmann, the CFO, and Klemens and Ludger Rethmann as the other Members of the Board had borne the responsibility for the corporate group since 1 January 2001. Hermann Niehues died after a tragic riding accident on 7 September 2008. His successor as CEO of the RETHMANN Group was Reinhard Lohmann; he was appointed on 1 October 2008. After retiring from the Management Board in 2015, Reinhard Lohmann remained close to the Group by moving to the Supervisory Board..
Norbert Rethmann commented as follows, “Mr Lohmann, I’d like to express my profound gratitude for your extraordinary service to the RETHMANN Group. You’ve played a fundamental role in this company. You’ve left a lasting mark on our company’s history and culture with your entrepreneurial spirit and your skills, not just from a business management point of view, but also in your personal dealings with employees, business partners and competitors.”