First woman to join Heidelberg exec board

Von der Goltz: internationally experienced financial expert
Von der Goltz: internationally experienced financial expert

Heidelberg has appointed its first female management board member in the shape of the group’s new CFO.

Tania von der Goltz will take over from incumbent Marcus Wassenberg on 1 January 2023. 

The group’s supervisory board, which currently includes four women including Masterwork Group chair Li Li, approved von der Goltz’s appointment yesterday (2 November). 

Supervisory board chairman Dr Martin Sonnenschein, commented: "We are very pleased to have gained Tania von der Goltz, a highly competent financial expert with many years of experience, for Heidelberg. 

“She will make a difference in the successful further development. We were thus able to fill the CFO position that had become vacant in a timely manner and ensure an orderly transition."

Von der Goltz has been deputy chairwoman of the Carl Zeiss Meditec supervisory board and Senior Vice president for global financial strategy at Fresenius Medical Care.

Heidelberg CEO Dr Ludwin Monz worked at Germany’s Zeiss Group for more than 25 years and was chairman of Carl Zeiss Meditec before joining Heidelberg in April 2022, so the new management board duo already know each other. 

Commenting on her new role, von der Goltz said: “I am extremely excited about my new role at Heidelberg, to work with the executive board and employees to help shape the path we have taken towards sustainable value growth. I would like to sincerely thank the supervisory board for its trust.”

A Heidelberg spokesperson told Printweek: “We are very pleased to have gained in Tania von der Goltz the right personality for the successful further development of Heidelberg. She is an internationally experienced financial expert and will ensure Heidelberg’s financial solidity from January 1, 2023.

“She will help to further expand the company's competitive position to enable profitable growth in a difficult market environment in the future.”

Heidelberg announced that Wassenberg was leaving the business last month. 

Separately, Heidelberg has announced that its management system for information security has been certified to the ISO 27001 following an external audit by DQS. 

The manufacturer has been gathering performance data from customers who opt in to its system for more than a decade, and the setup went on to provide powerful insights on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on different markets and countries. 

Monz said that Heidelberg had developed from a conventional mechanical engineering company to a technology company with a high proportion of digital processes, products, and services. 

“We see this ISO 27001 certification as both a recognition of our efforts and motivation to keep going. It proves that information security is integrated into the management and organisation system of the Heidelberg Group, as assessed to recognized principles. This means we can live up to the justified expectations of our customers,” he said.