Bad Soden, Germany,

Jürgen Grossmann joins the supervisory board of Messer

On September 1, the owner of the Georgsmarienhütte Group of Companies, Jürgen Grossmann, will be appointed as successor to Alexander Dibelius on the supervisory board of the industrial gases specialist Messer.

Dr. Jürgen Grossmann, Sole Shareholder and Managing Director of Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH, will join the supervisory board of the industrial gases producer Messer on September 1. He thus succeeds Dr. Alexander Dibelius, Managing Director and Head of Central and Eastern Europe, Goldman Sachs.

Jürgen Grossmann is a medium-sized business oriented independent entrepreneur. This makes him an ideal candidate for the supervisory board, according to the CEO and shareholder of the Messer Group, Stefan Messer: “His knowledge of the international steel industry is also important to us.“ Messer counts steel producers such as U.S. Steel, Mittal and Xiangtan Iron & Steel among its customers.

Alexander Dibelius’ involvement with the supervisory board of the industrial gases specialist was always going to be for a limited period. Following the successful restructuring of the Messer Group after 2001 and the associated withdrawal by financial investors Allianz Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs in 2004, Alexander Dibelius was appointed to the newly formed supervisory board in May 2004. Among other things, his contacts with industry and finance made him an important adviser for Messer, especially in the period following the buyout by the Messer family.