Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Phoenix Contact names Dirk Görlitzer as next CEO

June 25, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Phoenix Contact CEO Frank Stührenberg is set to retire at the end of December 2024 after 33 years with the company. He will be succeeded by Dirk Görlitzer, general manager and chief operating officer (COO) since 2020.

The company shares that to ensure a smooth transition, Frank Stührenberg and Dirk Görlitzer will share the role of CEO from July 1. Frank Stührenberg will remain associated with the Phoenix Contact Group in the future as chairman of the supervisory board of the newly founded company Phoenix Contact E-Mobility Holding SE.

“We are very pleased about this internal succession arrangement, which ensures maximum stability and continuity in the company’s management team”, says Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Eberhard Veit, chairman of the advisory board of Phoenix Contact. “Frank Stührenberg has made a significant contribution to the global growth and success of our company over many years. At the same time, he has played a major role in shaping the culture within the company and the direction of the current Group Executive Board in cooperation with the advisory board and shareholders. His planned departure at the end of this year now presents his successor, together with his long-standing management colleagues, with good prospects to continue successfully developing the strategy and positioning of Phoenix Contact based on the current approach.”

Dirk Görlitzer has been with Phoenix Contact since 1994. His career has taken him from being a product manager to head of the business area industrial components and electronics (ICE), and on to the current Phoenix Contact Group executive board.


“Our family business is characterized by the fact that top management is also driven by a family spirit of togetherness and responsibility,” said Frank Eisert, shareholder and member of the Phoenix Contact advisory board. “After around 30 years at Phoenix Contact, Dirk Görlitzer embodies not only technical and entrepreneurial success, but also – like Frank Stührenberg – the values that characterize our company beyond that: trust, respect, partnership, and reliability. As a passionate advocate of our future vision of the All Electric Society, he will continue to consistently develop the strategic direction of Phoenix Contact.”

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