Grohe appoints Ackerberg

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2008 – GROHE, a global leader in premium-quality kitchen and bathroom faucets and shower products, has named Jeffrey C. Ackerberg president and chief executive officer for GROHE America, a subsidiary of GROHE Water Technology AG & Co.

In his new role, Ackerberg is responsible for overall growth of the GROHE brand in the United States, Canada, Central and South America. Ackerberg will take over his position from Andrew Stearns who was recently appointed global chief supply officer for GROHE AG.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, Ackerberg most recently served as president of Global Workspace Tools for ACCO Brands Inc. For more than six years previous to that, Ackerberg held senior roles in marketing and business unit management at Kohler. He also has held various sales and marketing leadership roles with Eveready-Energizer, Emerson Electric and Robert Bosch Corporation.

“Jeff comes to GROHE with exceptional industry experience,” said Hans-Gerd Fuechtenkort, global executive director of sales for GROHE. “His priorities include bottom-line management responsibility and responsibility for business strategy, sales, new product development, marketing, customer service and financial planning.”

Ackerberg earned his Master’s degree in Management from Northwestern University (Kellogg) and holds an undergraduate degree from North Central College, Naperville, Ill.

“GROHE’s product quality is unsurpassed and the brand’s reputation among key audiences is stellar,” said Ackerberg. “The company has a very energized team in place to bring GROHE design, value and ecology to a much larger group of people.”