STI Group lays the groundwork for succession and for the future

Lauterbach, 2016-12-05 – Jakob Rinninger and Andrea Wildies will join the STI Group Executive Board with effect from 1st January, 2017. With this step, Dr. Kristina Stabernack, Owner and Chairwoman of the Advisory Board, is laying the groundwork for the future of the family business.  

Founded in Offenbach in 1879, STI Group is synonymous with customised packaging solutions and creative POS concepts and is one of Europe’s market leaders in the segment. Fourth generation owner Dr. Kristina Stabernack currently heads STI Group, which will continue to be managed as a family business going forwards.  

From January 2017 the four-member Executive Board, comprising Michael Apel, Aleksandar Stojanovic and newly appointed members Andrea Wildies and Jakob Rinninger, will be responsible for STI Group’s future. Clearly defined business priorities pave the way for a complete realignment with the market, putting the customer firmly at the heart of the company’s activities.  

In parallel with these new appointments, the owner and the Advisory Board wish to establish a new style of management within the business. Instead of rigid hierarchies the company will adopt a network structure, with modern management techniques, reflected in the equal status given to the four Managing Directors on the Executive Board.  

Rinninger (30), who joined STI Group as Head of Corporate Development in early 2016, grew up with the responsibilities, values and structure of a family business. After working in various positions in banking this business management graduate, who holds a Master’s degree in Finance, most recently worked for a business consultancy firm and represents a new business generation. The STI Group's advisory board is convinced that Jakob Rinninger has the personal, professional and conceptual skills to successfully manage the strategic development of the company.  

‘The appointment of a person close to the family will ensure security and continuity for customers, employees and business partners alike,’ says Dr. Kristina Stabernack. ‘Together, we want to reorganise STI Group from within, energise the company with new ideas and lead it into a successful future.’   Working with management and employees across STI Group, Jakob Rinninger will shape the company’s transformation in the digital era and develop new business models.  

As Chief Officer of Corporate Development and Strategy he will take charge of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) that comprises Corporate and Business Development, Consulting, Project Management and Lean & Quality Management. This contemporary management approach will increase STI Group’s flexibility and adaptability, helping to build specific expertise in cutting-edge technologies.  

Andrea Wildies (49) rounds off STI Group’s Executive Board team and will serve as Chief Sales Officer from 2017. A sales and industry expert, she previously headed the national sales and marketing department of a global packaging and display manufacturer and, as General Manager, was also responsible for its national machinery unit. Together with Jakob Rinninger, Michael Apel (40, Chief Financial and Operations Officer) and Aleksandar Stojanovic (44, Chief Administrative Officer), she will play a key part in driving the growth of STI Group.  

‘These clearly defined focus areas for each Executive Board member will help us to become more agile and adaptable as a company. STI Group’s stated goal is not only to successfully respond to the changes wrought by digitalisation, but also to lead the way in our market segment through a clearly defined business model,’ emphasises Jakob Rinninger.  

‘Flat hierarchies, quick decisions, entrepreneurial courage and the active fulfilment of responsibilities towards employees; these are not just hallmarks of a family business, this is what STI Group stands for,’ says Dr. Stabernack.

Caption: Jakob Rinninger’s appointment, announced by Dr. Kristina Stabernack, Chairperson of STI Group’s Advisory Board, means a member of the family circle is joining STI Group’s Executive Board with effect from 1st January 2017, helping to secure the company’s long-term future as a family-run business.