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The Third Generation in the Management

IBAK Helmut Hunger GmbH & Co KG, which started out as a consultant engineering firm in 1945, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. At the same time, the pioneer of the sewer inspection system industry has its sights firmly set on the future and has initiated the  generation change in the management. With effect from January 2020, Daniel Hunger (37) and Dorian Hunger (28) have become managing directors of the company alongside their father, Dr. Werner Hunger (69). Thus, the continuity of management by members of the founder's immediate family has been further ensured.

That Daniel and Dorian Hunger have joined the IBAK management means that the third generation is taking over the responsibility for the medium-sized family-run company. The two sons are responsible alongside their father for the company's strategic further development.

Their father, aged 69, explains: 'Even though at present I still feel fit and able to continue fulfilling my duties, the time has come to pave the way for my successors and set the sights for the future. This step will ensure that IBAK will remain an independent family-run company, a structure that has proved to be a great asset'. Dr. Werner Hunger became a director in 1991 at the age of 41 after joining his father's business nine years earlier. For 16 years he directed the company jointly with his elder brother Herwig, until Herwig Hunger went into well-earned retirement after 33 years as a managing director. During the period in which Dr. Werner Hunger was sole managing director, the company grew from 204 (2007) to 350 (2019) employees. The turnover more than doubled during the same period and reached more than 65 million euros at the end of 2019.

Daniel Hunger regards his new function with respect and enthusiasm: 'My father has put IBAK on a solid base for the future. I thank him for his trust and I am sure that he will be able to give us some very welcome advice in the next few years. I look forward to continuing IBAK's success story together with him and my brother.' The 37 year old graduate in business administration and industrial engineering has worked in the company for four years. Dorian Hunger joined the family-run company in May 2016. Dorian, now 28, studied industrial engineering and specialized in electrical and information technology at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel and is ready for his new role: 'I will set about my new function with maximum possible commitment and am proud that I can play an active part in maintaining IBAK's international focus, strong customer orientation and innovation strategy.'

The two new managing directors will be assisted not only by their father but also by the three IBAK directors Manfred Weber (technical head), Karsten Bauer (head of human resources) and Janina Galinski (head of sales and marketing). With the new triumvirate of directors, IBAK is embarking on its anniversary year oriented towards the future and at the same time remaining true to its roots as the oldest and biggest company in the industry.