WITTENSTEIN alpha: New dual leadership – Thomas Patzak and Norbert Pastoors appointed joint Managing Directors

A change of management is taking place at WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH: While Thomas Patzak joined the company on July 1, 2019, Norbert Pastoors will follow on August 15.

“We are delighted to have found two people with such extensive expertise and experience as managers to take over the helm at our biggest subsidiary”, said Dr. Bertram Hoffmann, Chairman of the Board and CEO of WITTENSTEIN SE.

Thomas Patzak, aged 56, will be joining WITTENSTEIN alpha from ebmpapst Mulfingen GmbH, a manufacturer of electric motors and fans, as Managing Director with responsibility for sales and commercial operations. Mr. Patzak has a degree in mechanical engineering and currently holds the position of Director Market Segment Industrial Air Technologies. 

Norbert Pastoors, aged 54, is presently Executive Vice President Operations as well as Head of Industrial Engineering at KHS GmbH, a manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for the beverage, food, and non-food sectors. Mr. Pastoors originally graduated in electrical engineering and can draw on many years of varied practical experience in the establishment and running of international manufacturing locations. In his new role as Managing Director of WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH he will be responsible for technology.

The two “new recruits” have set themselves an ambitious objective: “WITTENSTEIN alpha is an innovative supplier among other things of high-precision planetary gearboxes, complete electromechanical drive systems and AC servo systems, with an excellent reputation in the global market. It will be a great pleasure for us to move onward into the future, together with our employees in all countries, as a world class global partner for our customers and a pioneer for mechatronic components and systems”. 


WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH is one of six Business Units of the mechatronics group WITTENSTEIN SE. WITTENSTEIN alpha develops and produces mechanical and mechatronic components and drive systems for sectors that require maximum precision. The product portfolio is divided into two areas in order to meet very different requirements: in the High End segment, WITTENSTEIN alpha focuses on technology and performance while in the General segment, the emphasis is on cost-effective and high-demand products. 

Photo 1: Thomas Patzak, Managing Director Sales and Commercial Operations at WITTENSTEIN alpha (Photo: Thomas Wagner / www.miketraffic.com) 
Photo 2: Norbert Pastoors, Managing Director Technology at WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH (Photo: KHS)