Fill: Generation change in company management
Fill Machine Engineering has appointed two new managing directors. Proprietor Andreas Fill (CEO) will head the company in future together with Günter Redhammer (COO) and Alois Wiesinger (CTO). After 50 years, Wolfgang Rathner is ending his career and retiring.
Two new directors took office in June 2020 at Fill in Gurten, Austria: Günter Redhammer and Alois Wiesinger. They will run the machine engineering company together with proprietor Andreas Fill. Günter Redhammer is COO (Chief Operating Officer) responsible for logistics and production, while Alois Wiesinger now directs the Mechatronics division as CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Long-standing Technical CEO Wolfgang Rathner is officially entering retirement at the end of July 2020 after 50 years of service. According to Fill, this restructuring establishes the organisational preconditions for continued positive development of the internationally active high-tech company.
Redhammer has worked for Fill for some 30 years and passed successfully through many stations in this time: from machine builder to work scheduler, head of department and now through to managing director. The fields of logistics and production have long since been his main concern. The planned organisational realignment of the entire logistics and production process is one of his key projects in the new role as COO.
Wiesinger studied mechatronics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz and operations management at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences in Steyr. Since 2007 he has worked at Fill as a design engineer, control and high-level language programmer, product developer, innovation manager, digitalisation coordinator, and technical director. As Director of Mechatronics (CTO), he will forge ahead with optimising communication and close cooperation with various specialist disciplines and departments throughout the company. Both of them have very high levels of technical knowledge in their areas of responsibility, great interest in new developments, and tremendous innovative spirit, said Fill.
Rathner has contributed significantly to the successful development of Fill. He started working life as a mechanical engineering apprentice in July 1970. What followed was a remarkable career, taking him all the way to the post of Technical CEO. Senior partner Josef Fill promoted Wolfgang Rathner to the executive board in 1993 and made him his deputy. Together with Andreas Fill, Wolfgang Rathner has headed the industrial enterprise in Gurten since the year 2000. He played a leading role in numerous developments and innovations, thereby contributing significantly to the rise of the business from a small metalworking shop to a leading international machine engineering company. Last April, Wolfgang Rathner celebrated his 65th birthday.