Hansgrohe, Inc., a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath products and a U.S. based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Hansgrohe SE, is proud to announce it has appointed Erik Christensen as President/GM, effective April 7. Formerly a Vice President at Armstrong World Industries, Christensen comes equipped with more than 25 years of experience in the building products and flooring industries. Christensen has a proven track record in logistics, operations and sales, including successful establishment of distribution networks in foreign markets and development of strategic plans based on region specific demand. His diverse range of expertise and exemplary performance will serve him well in his new role at Hansgrohe as he looks to build on the company’s record growth in 2013, while overseeing a talented team of 250 employees and a world-class manufacturing facility in Alpharetta, GA.
According to Interim President Sibylle Mair, “Hansgrohe’s foundation is built on leadership, innovation, dedication and service. It was important to find those core qualities in our next president. We cast a wide net and very carefully reviewed each candidate to ensure that we found just the right person to guide our US team. Christensen’s strong work ethic along with his industry experience and accomplishments in the commercial and residential markets made him stand out from the rest.”
Christensen comes to Hansgrohe having worked with some of the most recognized manufacturers in the building products sector. From 1987 to 1999, Christensen worked with Armstrong World Industries in various capacities. From 1999 until 2008, he assumed leadership roles at Closetmaid, Shaw Industries and Edge Flooring. In 2008, Christensen returned to Armstrong World Industries and quickly moved up the ranks to Vice President, Sales, Residential Floor Products East, where he was responsible for driving the strong performance of the division.
About Hansgrohe: Founded in 1901, Hansgrohe is the premium brand for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and a market leader in showers and shower systems, as well as thermostat, pressure balance and ceramic cartridge technology. A winner of numerous awards throughout the world, Hansgrohe is regarded as one of the leading innovators in technology and design, with inventions such as the adjustable wallbar, multiple-spray handshowers and showerheads, the QuickClean™ function and AIR and water-saving EcoRight™ technology. These and other original products have helped reinvent the modern bathroom as a more functional, more comfortable and more beautiful living space. It is no coincidence that Hansgrohe’s offerings can be found in prominent and prestigious projects such as the Aqua Building in Chicago, Terminal 5 in London’s Heathrow Airport, Las Vegas’ City Center, Jean-Marie Massaud’s Chivas Stadium in Mexico, and the Masdar City Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, among others.
Based in Schiltach in the Black Forest region of Germany, Hansgrohe has a global workforce of about 3,200 employees and serves customers in over 130 countries through 42 subsidiaries and branches. Known for taking tough action against product piracy and intellectual property theft, the company currently operates 10 manufacturing facilities, including six in Germany, as well as single plants in France, the Netherlands and China. In addition, the company manufactures and assembles many of its Hansgrohe-branded products for North America at its modern manufacturing facility in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the United States.
About Axor: Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE, successfully realizes “Designer Visions for Your Bathroom." In cooperation with Axor, leading product designers, architects and interior designers develop their vision for the bathroom as a living space. The Axor collections offer a great number of unique and sustainable solutions to create personalized bathrooms of the highest aesthetic and technological levels. To date, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola, as well as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created Axor collections. They all contribute towards making life in and around the bathroom a little more meaningful and beautiful. The Axor brand is headed by Philippe Grohe.