Dr. Wolfgang Babel has been named Chief Executive Officer of Hirschmann Automation and Control, Neckartenzlingen, and Lumberg Automation - Belden Deutschland GmbH, Schalksmühle. Dr. Babel, who has been a member of the Hirschmann executive since October 2007 succeeds Reinhard Sitzmann who will be concentrating on several Supervisory Board appointments in the future. Sitzmann took over as CEO of the Hirschmann Group at the end of 2000 and successfully reorganized the company. His most recent achievement was the incorporation of Hirschmann Automation and Control and Lumberg Automation into the U.S. American Belden Group.
Dr. Babel's career began at Diehl GmbH where he held leading posts in various divisions. After ten years he moved to Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH & Co., Gerlingen. There he was responsible initially for the development and eventually became Chief Executive Officer. In addition, he also played a major role in developing the worldwide solution business within the Endress+Hauser group.