ALPLA: Philipp Lehner is the new CFO

Hard, 17 January 2019 – Philipp Lehner is the new Chief Finan­cial Officer (CFO) of the inter­na­tional pack­a­ging spe­cia­list ALPLA as of 1 January 2019. He takes over the role from Georg Früh, who will now focus on Family Office responsibilities.

Philipp Lehner has been active in the family com­pany since June 2014 and has worked in several areas of the com­pany. The 34-year-old son of CEO Gün­ther Lehner most recently served as Regional Manager for North Ame­rica. He takes the place of Georg Früh as CFO and will be respon­sible for Finance, IT, Digi­ti­sa­tion and Human Resources.

I am happy to wel­come my son as a member of the board. This is an important step in our efforts to plan ahead for a genera­tion change at the top of the com­pany,’ says ALPLA CEO Gün­ther Lehner. ‘I would like to thank Georg Früh from the bottom of my heart for his out­stan­ding com­mit­ment. That he will con­tinue to use the wealth of his expe­ri­ence and know­ledge for the benefit of the owner family is of tre­men­dous value to us.’

Finance expert with inter­na­tional experience
Philipp Lehner stu­died at Nan­jing Uni­ver­sity in China, at the Euro­pean Busi­ness School London and at Har­vard Busi­ness School in Boston. Prior to joi­ning ALPLA, his career led him to the finance and con­sul­ting industry, inclu­ding posi­tions at McK­insey (Ham­burg) and H.I.G. Euro­pean Capital Part­ners LLP (London). As Pro­ject Manager, Plant Manager and Regional Manager in North Ame­rica, he has gained a deep under­stan­ding of the world of ALPLA over the last five years. ‘ALPLA is a great com­pany with dedi­cated employees. I am proud to be able to shape the future of our family com­pany in my new role,’ says Philipp Lehner.

Georg Früh has held nume­rous manage­ment posi­tions at ALPLA in over thirty years at the com­pany. He joined ALPLA Ger­many in 1987 and was appointed CFO in 1999. Georg Früh con­tri­buted greatly to the inter­na­tional suc­cess of the group. This is clear from the number of employees and sites: ALPLA had 29 plants and around 3,000 employees in 1995, while at the end of 2018, this had risen to 178 sites and 20,800 employees worldwide.

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About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 20,800 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 178 sites across 46 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, pharmaceutical products, engine oils and lubricants.
ALPLA operates its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with a site in both Austria and Poland, and in the form of a joint venture in Mexico. ALPLA has been cooperating with Texplast (Germany) on PET recycling since July 2018.

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion for editors:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Dittrich (PR & Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), Tele­phone +43 (0)5574 602 1083, Email
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, Tele­phone +43 (0)699 1025 4817, Email