President and CEO of WITTENSTEIN in North America
Elected to Chairman of the Board for AHK-USA
German American Chambers of Commerce

Chicago, IL, January 29, 2019 – The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) have elected Peter Riehle, President and CEO of WITTENSTEIN Holding Corp., as Chairman of the Board of Directors. A national organization committed to promoting trade and investment between Germany and the U.S., the GACCs represent more than 2,500 members. In his role as Chairman, Mr. Riehle serves as the voice of the organization, speaking to the key issues affecting transatlantic trade and investment. He will be supported on the board by two Vice Chairmen; Caroll H. Neubauer, CEO and Chairman of B/ Braun Medical and Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.

The GACCs serve as the national framework for the GACC offices across the U.S.: GACC South, GACC New York and GACC Midwest. Riehle retains his current position as the Chairman of the GACC Midwest, and in this role will continue to champion German-style apprenticeship programs in the United States.

Commenting on the appointment, Riehle noted, “As an experienced executive of a German subsidiary in the U.S., I have worked to leverage German-American cooperation to the benefit of both our countries’ companies as well as economies. I look forward to providing the strategic leadership needed to support the German 'Mittelstand' companies that are the backbone of the German economy.

Since 2013, Riehle has been President and CEO of WITTENSTEIN Holding Corp. Prior to this current position he held leadership roles at TRUMPF, DMG America (DMG/Mori) and Schaeffler North America after a successful engineering career in Germany.

Outgoing Chairman Caroll H. Neubauer notes, “Peter Riehle has been a strong and involved supporter of the GACCs. He has been an outspoken advocate for German-American cooperation in trade and investment, and our entire organization is excited to drive the GACCs’ mission forward with him."


About WITTENSTEIN in North America
Since 1992, WITTENSTEIN has supported the U.S., Canada and Mexico with solutions that embody the excellence and integrity that define WITTENSTEIN motion control and mechatronic systems, including servo gearboxes, motors, actuators, drive systems, linear systems, and solutions for specialized applications.  From its North American headquarters in Bartlett, Illinois, WITTENSTEIN supports its customers with sales, engineering, customer service and inventory of products. The North American headquarters is also the location of the Company’s “Center for Simulation Excellence”, dedicated to providing electric control loading systems for fixed and rotary-wing training systems. WITTENSTEIN Inc. is certified to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard. Learn more at www.wittenstein-us.com

About GACC Midwest
The German American Chamber of Commerce® of the Midwest (GACC Midwest), headquartered in Chicago with a branch office in Detroit, was founded in 1963. GACC Midwest is an integral part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) with 140 offices in 92 countries around the globe. Our continuing mission is to assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States, especially the Midwest. Our organization combines elements of a trade commission, a membership association, and a professional consultancy. Visit https://www.gaccmidwest.org or https://www.ahk-usa.com for more information.


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