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Knauf Insulation celebrates leadership inspiration

By Omar Murad
February 11, 2019

The achievements of 10 outstanding Knauf Insulation colleagues were celebrated at a gala dinner in Vienna last Thursday.

To applause and cheers, eight exceptional colleagues accepted the 2019 Knauf Insulation Leadership Awards for success in project management, business development, culture change, sustainability, continuous improvement, customer care and life-saving leadership.

Speaking at the event held to mark the end of the Knauf Insulation Annual Conference 2019, Group Human Resources Director Patrice Briol described the winners as inspirational role models that had demonstrated a level of challenge, create, care leadership that had positively impacted the entire company.

Our 2019 winners are: 

Zdenek Pejrimovsky

The Warehouse and Shipment Team Leader from our Glass Mineral Wool factory in Krupka, Czech Republic achieved 99% ratings in satisfaction surveys after inspiring continuous improvement through empowering and motivating communication.

Danilo Kolenc

The Supply Chain Management Director played a pivotal role in successfully inspiring colleagues to solve major production performance challenges in our Systems Division in Slovenia. 

Natalia Sivakova

Our Customer Service Manager from Tuymen, Russia led a major transformation that not only added significantly to the bottom line but also achieved our highest possible customer service rating.

Agnieszka Strzeminska

Our Marketing Manager for Poland & Baltics has been a powerhouse of business development inspiring major improvements in our regional market position.

Philippe Coune

The Regional HSE for Western Europe & Environmental Manager for our group plays a key role in upholding our commitment to care and pushing us to do more when it comes to the environment and safety. 

Anthony Scaglione

The Engineering Project Manager, based in our HQ in Vise, Belgium demonstrates outstanding leadership in every project never losing focus on budget, schedule and, most importantly, people and safety.

Graham Sample

The Process Excellence Manager who is based at our plant in St Helens led a major step change in continuous improvement with a new KI-CI Manual that paved the way for inspiration that now extends to the entire Knauf Group.

Manfred Posch

The Sales Manager for Austria led a major market transformation through improved customer care and the creation of a strong, motivated team.

Markus Reichlin

The Sales Representative for Switzerland achieved double-digit sales growth across all our products as a result of dynamic leadership and a deeply informed understanding of customers.

Louis Sluismans

A Special Leadership Award was awarded to Louis who has recently retired from our Visé plant after 40 years in the business. Trained as a site first aider, Louis played a critical role in saving the life of a colleague who had suffered a serious heart condition last year. 

There is no secret - people make great companies. And today, we feel great! A big congratulations to everyone.