New CEO at Interzero Plastics Recycling

1:55 min Management
Cologne, Germany

Florian Werner will assume the position of CEO of Interzero Plastics Recycling, a segment of Interzero, a provider of circular solutions.

His work will focus on the further expansion of the segment, which is recognized in the industry for its innovations in plastics recycling and, with over 800,000 tons per year, the largest sorting capacity in Europe.

Florian Werner's work will focus on strategic further development and the deepening of value creation. The measures that have already been taken to increase the efficiency and sorting quality of the systems, as well as increasing the degree of recycling for plastics - for example, for the provision of plastic waste for chemical recycling - are an excellent starting position on which we must now continue to build. In addition, the final integration process into the Interzero group of companies, which was newly created this year, is in full swing.

“I am looking forward to the new tasks at Interzero. In many industries, the consistent closing of material cycles is becoming more and more important. Implementing innovative solutions here together with the international Interzero team and our customers and thus making a contribution to the more sustainable use of raw materials is an exciting task at the cutting edge. As an innovation leader and the largest plastics sorter in Europe, with its people, team spirit and many years of experience, the Interzero Group is excellently positioned for this," emphasizes Florian Werner.

Dr Axel Schweitzer, Chairman and shareholder of Interzero, is looking forward to the cooperation and states: "With his experience from previous professional positions and with his way of advancing strategic development and at the same time tackling change measures and change, Florian Werner fits perfectly into our company, to our team and of course to our vision of a world without waste. I wish him every success in his new and exciting tasks and I look forward to working with our entire team.”

The previous CEO of Interzero Plastics Recycling GmbH, Stephan Schwarz, left his position at the beginning of 2022 and will move to ArcelorMittal. This step was taken in the course of the sale of the former ALBA International Recycling metal companies to the steel company with Dr. Axel Schweitzer closely coordinated.

Dr Axel Schweitzer emphasizes: “Due to the many years of excellent cooperation, we very much regret Stephan Schwarz's departure. He has decisively developed and advanced our companies both in Europe and in Asia. Personally, I have always valued his ability to confidently lead with great know-how in dynamic change situations. We wish Stephan Schwarz all the best personally and professionally. "

Florian Werner previously worked for the Swiss technology group OC Oerlikon AG, where he drove the successful turnaround as head of the "Materials" division with locations in the USA, Canada, Germany and China. In addition, he held various management positions in plant construction and the metal and steel industry - including as a program manager at Klöckner & Co SE, as senior vice president at the management consultancy AlixPartners, and at the plant manufacturer and machine dealer Ferrostaal. Florian Werner studied economics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

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