The seele group of companies is regarded as a pioneer in façade construction. Among the many projects completed worldwide are numerous architectural milestones. The family-run business based in Gersthofen in southern Germany hereby announces that Gerhard Seele (66) is transferring his majority stake to his son Michael (34), thus transferring responsibility for the company to the next generation.
However, Gerhard Seele will remain managing director of seele group GmbH. Siegfried Gossner, co-founder of the seele group of companies, is a member of the supervisory board and still serves as technical advisor to the company.
Gerhard Seele emphasises the fact that a successful change at the top represents an important signal for the future of the company. And he is particularly pleased that he is able to place the ‘baton’ in responsible hands at this stage: “After almost 20 years in the company, the obvious next move for Michael is to take over this position, especially while ‘seele seniors’ are still around to provide support during the transition.”
Michael Seele is happy to take on these tasks and sees digitalisation, securing skilled personnel and sustainability as his key challenges. In his view, turnover growth will not be on the agenda. He favours qualitative growth - something that was always corporate policy, something he has no intention of changing. “Our façade solutions already make use of the latest digital tools. Our plants already employ the latest production technologies such as AI and robotics. This is where we want to retain leadership. And for us as a manufacturing company, minimising our carbon footprint is crucial.” That’s where Michael Seele sees his future role.
seele, the façade construction specialist, was founded by Gerhard Seele and Siegfried Gossner in 1984. Over the intervening 38 years, the seele group has established itself as a technology leader and pioneer in innovative façades. The company founders realised what prominent architects were looking for and provided them with innovative answers to match their visions. The much-quoted “pushing back the boundaries of the technically feasible” has always shaped the company’s day-to-day operations.
The company’s innovative solutions have always been accompanied by an impressive balance sheet and stable finances. So, all in all, no better time for a successful changeover at the top of the seele group.
Michael Seele has a determined approach to his new task: “This step is a strong signal for the future, this entrepreneurial vision makes us leading in many fields. The only way to be as successful as the seele group is to set up a team with strong leadership and a motivated workforce, with trust and encouragement. The founders have established a unique company. I am proud to be able to lead the seele group into the future.”
Please find further background information as well as an interview with Gerhard Seele, Michael Seele and Siegfried Gossner in the download files below.