Burckhardt Compression starts process for new CEO

By Keefe Borden02 September 2021

Marcel Pawlicek

The board of Burckhardt Compression has started on a planned succession for its CEO, Marcel Pawlicek. After almost 40 years at Burckhardt Compression in various regions and positions, the last 10 years as its CEO, Pawlicek said this is the right moment for a well-planned succession process, the company announced.

Pawlicek joined Burckhardt Compression at the start of April 1982 and will complete 40 years with the company next year. He started as a design engineer in Winterthur and worked in various regions, most notably the USA.

He was part of the management team when Burckhardt Compression became an independent company and went public on the Swiss stock exchange in 2006. He continues to be part of the MBO shareholder group. After a variety of career steps in the service and new equipment businesses, he became CEO in 2011.

Pawlicek was instrumental in the recent acquisitions of Arkos, the compressor business of JSW and Shenyang Yuanda Compressor. He will remain fully committed to Burckhardt Compression throughout the search and handover process, Burckhardt announced.

The board and Pawlicek are considering a proposal to the Annual General Meeting 2023 for his inclusion in the board. The search will include both internal and external candidates and will likely run until the end of the year. The board and Marcel Pawlicek plan to have a new CEO in place at the start of the new financial year 2022, which starts in April 2022.

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