Data center solutions vendor Rittal has hired Markus Asch (49) as CEO of Rittal International Stiftung & Co. KG and Chairman of the Management Board of Rittal GmbH & Co. He will be responsible for all Rittal’s business units, IT infrastructure, software and services with 9,700 employees, and delivery of data center enclosures, power distribution, and climate control.
Markus Asch also assumes overall responsibility for Rittal Software & Service (RSS) International with the Eplan and Cideon units and 1,400 employees. With software solutions, system technology and machines for automation, the three companies of the Friedhelm Loh Group optimize the processes of their customers in control and switchgear engineering across the board and drive future business areas.
“Mr. Asch brings along many years of experience in the management of globally successful family-owned companies to this challenging new position,” said Professor Friedhelm Loh. “He has a high technical understanding of products, production and solutions and sees himself as a driver of innovation. Mr. Asch visibly focuses on the customer and thinks and acts from a global perspective.”
Deputy CEO and CTO
Over the past 25 years, Mr. Asch has held various management positions at Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG, a family-owned company and world market leader for cleaning equipment, most recently as Deputy CEO and CTO. Under his leadership, Kärcher Professional was able to evolve into the clear technology and market leader in the B2B sector. Mr. Asch accelerated the development of modular and scalable product and solution platforms and “successfully” aligned the sales organisation to develop new customer and market potentials.
“I look forward to working with Professor Loh, the management and the employees at this impressive global market leader,” said Markus Asch. “And I am proud to serve the company and help develop it.”
Headquartered in Herborn, Germany, Rittal is a global provider of solutions for data center and industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Founded in 1961, Rittal is the largest company in the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group is active worldwide, with 12 production sites and 96 international subsidiaries. It has approximately 12,100 employees and posted revenues of €2.6 billion in fiscal 2019.