29. February 2008

Philip F.W. Harting – New board member Connectivity & Networks Director at HARTING

Dipl.-Kfm. Philip F.W. Harting

Dipl.-Kfm. Philip F.W. Harting has taken up his appointment as board member Connectivity & Networks at HARTING KGaA, Espelkamp, effective March 1, 2008.

His activities will be focused mainly on the continuing worldwide strategic development of the HARTING Technology Group and the development of new markets.

In preparation for his responsibilities at the HARTING Group, Philip F.W. Harting has previously undergone in-depth vocational training in technology and business administration. After passing his school-leaving exams and completing his basic military service during which he qualified as a radio operator, Mr. Harting went on to train as an industrial electronics engineer. He subsequently obtained a degree in electrical engineering and business administration and successfully graduated from the University of Cologne.

Since September 2005, Mr. Harting, who is the son of proprietors Margrit and Dietmar Harting, has held the post of Managing Director with responsibility for developing the HARTING Technology Group’s business activities in Asia. In the course of his tenure there, Philip Harting acquired a detailed knowledge of market requirements and customer expectations, valuable experience preparing him for his responsible position at company headquarters. The past two years have seen strong, double-digit growth in the sales and results the Asian subsidiaries have posted. Philip Harting commented: “In Asia and particularly in China, Japan and India, factors such as customer orientation, quality and speed play a very important role. The efforts made in achieving mutually beneficial customer relations made a deep impression on me, and I would like to carry over this philosophy to the Technology Group as a whole. Although maximum customer orientation is already one of our guiding principles, our aim is to continuously improve.”

With Philip F.W. Harting and Maresa M.W. Harting, who has headed Finance, Controlling and Taxation since April 2007, the third generation of the family is now fully represented among the management of the HARTING Technology Group.