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SICK with new Executive Board structure from July - Chairperson Anne-Kathrin Deutrich to retire on 30 September 2006
Waldkirch, 29 June 2006. As a result of the enormous growth achieved by the SICK Group, the Executive and Supervisory Boards of SICK AG have decided to introduce a new Board structure that will form the organisational basis for further long-term profitable growth. The new structure will come into force on 1 July 2006.

The previous Executive Board included members responsible for the central Finance & Human Resources Department, as well as the business-field-related Factory Automation and Process Automation segments. The Factory Automation segment, involving about 85 per cent of SICK sales will, in future, be divided into the two new segments Logistics Automation and Factory Automation. SICK is thus reacting to the positive development of the logistics automation growth market. This separation will open up new growth potentials in both segments through a focused, flexible and powerful organisation.

A Central Technology Department will, in future, serve the three market-oriented segments of Factory, Logistics and Process Automation jointly. This is intended to reflect, in the organisational structure, the strategic importance of market-oriented product innovation. The Central Technology Department consists of the Central Development, Production and Quality Units.


Anne-Kathrin Deutrich (63) will retire on 30 September 2006. Deutrich has been the Spokesperson of the Executive Board of SICK AG since 1 May 2002. In addition, her duties also included responsibility for Finance, Personnel and Administration. Her activity as a member of the management of the former Erwin Sick GmbH began in 1992 and she joined the Executive Board of the present SICK AG in 1996. During these 14 years Anne-Kathrin Deutrich has played a significant role in the successful development of the SICK Group.

Dr. Robert Bauer (46), up to now the Executive Board member responsible for Factory Automation, takes over executive responsibility for the Technology Department from 1 July 2006 and provisionally Logistics Automation. In addition, from 1 October 2006 he will take over the post of Executive Board Chairperson from Anne-Kathrin Deutrich.

Markus Vatter (40) will take over executive responsibility for Finance & Human Resources from Anne-Kathrin Deutrich on 1 July 2006. Vatter was most recently the Commercial Director of KaVo Dental GmbH, a medium-sized Group of medical technology companies in Biberach.

Markus Paschmann (40) takes over executive responsibility for the newly structured Factory Automation segment on 1 July 2006. He moves to SICK from an executive position at HARTING Electronics GmbH & Co. KG, a producer of plug-in connectors and connection systems for industrial and telecommunications customers.

Jens Höhne (47) will continue to head the Process Automation segment.

SICK AG is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. The company, founded in 1946 and based in Waldkirch-im-Breisgau, employs more than 4,100 personnel worldwide and achieved Group sales of EUR 594 m. in 2005. Further information on SICK can be obtained on the Internet at or by phone at
+49 (0)7681 202-3873.