The founder Peter Schimitzek, chairman of the board
Peter Schimitzek was born the son of a butcher in Geilenkirchen. At first he chose that career, too. After passing his exam for the Master Craftsman's Certificate, he graduated at the Gesamthochschule Siegen in business administration and, as a second degree, in economics. In parallel to his studies, he worked for an international auditing firm in Frankfurt for several years. Peter Schimitzek received a doctoral studies grant and received his doctorate in 1980 for his work on Recipe Optimization at the Operations Research faculty of RWTH Aachen. Since the establishment of CSB, he has been head of the company. Peter Schimitzek is married and has two daughters who also work as executive managers at the company. He loves playing tennis and golf and has written several books.
The next generation - Vanessa Kröner, head of Finances, Sales and Marketing
Sarah Vanessa Kröner, née Schimitzek, has been a member of the board of directors since January 1, 2013, and is in charge of the areas of Finances, Sales and Marketing. After studying economics at the University of St. Gallen, she gathered work experience in the Mergers & Acquisitions division of a major international bank. When she started at the CSB group of companies in 2008 as CEO of CSB System AG (Holding), she was responsible for international group controlling and reorganized CSB’s marketing to meet international challenges. Next, the international sales activities were expanded and the strategic orientation of the company was established. Vanessa Kröner is married and lives in Switzerland. In her spare time, the former athlete is active in tennis, golf, skiing and hiking. Moreover, she is interested in traveling to foreign cultures and in gourmet cooking.