LUDWIGSBURG, Germany – The Supervisory Board of MANN+HUMMEL Verwaltungs GmbH has appointed Kurk Wilks as the new President and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2020. Wilks succeeds Werner Lieberherr, who left company in October by mutual agreement. Wilks will manage the group together with Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Emese Weissenbacher and Chief Operating Officer Nic Zerbst.

Wilks has been with the company for around 20 years. He has been managing the automotive original equipment business since 2019 and will continue to do so. Wilks previously worked in a variety of roles within MANN+HUMMEL in the United States. He joined MANN+HUMMEL as a Sales Manager and worked in various other posts at the company before being named President and General Manager Original Equipment.

“I’ve been able to familiarize myself with all the divisions of MANN+HUMMEL over the past years. I am looking forward to tackling my greatest challenge yet together with Emese Weissenbacher and Nic Zerbst,” said Kurk Wilks. “Thanks to our employees and our strong brands, we are well positioned in all business units. Now we need to build on our market-leading position in the filtration sector. I am grateful to the Supervisory Board for the trust they have placed in me and that I will be responsible for providing continuity for this family business.”

MANN+HUMMEL, Ludwigsburg, Germany, manufactures air cleaner systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, plastic components, filter media, cabin filters, industrial filters and membrane filters.