New President of Häfele America Named

January 18, 2012

The Häfele Group, with headquarters in Nagold, Germany, has named Paul K. Smith as president of Häfele America Company, the company’s North American subsidiary. Smith succeeds John Hossli who is retiring as president after serving in that role since 1999.

“We believe Paul’s 25 years of proven management experience combined with his expertise in architectural interiors, engineering and solutions will lead Häfele America toward continued growth and success,” said Sibylle Thierer, CEO and president, Häfele Group. “His expertise, passion and leadership also make Paul extremely well suited to contribute to the expanding Häfele global enterprise.”

Smith joined Häfele in mid-2011 after a career at Haworth, Inc., where he served as VP, directly responsible for all North American products and the development of the company’s global product portfolio. Smith’s previous experience at Haworth included executive positions in the company’s architectural interiors and wood businesses. Prior to Haworth, Smith served in management positions with General Electric Co. and Whirlpool Corp.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to join the Häfele family,” said Smith. “With its rich heritage of innovation, Häfele is truly a unique organization. I’m looking forward to providing leadership in the industry and helping Häfele continue to grow.”
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