Giancarlo Galli, chief executive officer of Rodenstock, has left the company and will be replaced on an interim basis by Peter Littmann. Galli, a Swiss executive, was said to have been unhappy with decisions made about growth strategies at the German company following its acquisition by Bridgepoint in March 2007. It is not clear, on the other hand, whether his departure may have been linked to the previously reported deterioration of Rodenstock’s sales in Germany during the second part of 2007. Littmann, who was formerly a member of the company’s supervisory board, will take on his responsibilities until a replacement is found. He formerly served as CEO at Hugo Boss.
Several weeks before Galli’s resignation, Bernard Galan had quietly left Rodenstock, where he was acting as managing director of its French subsidiary, to take up the helm of Shamir France. Gilles Sauvenaud, who most recently headed up the French subsidiary of TDK, a Japanese electronic components manufacturer, has taken on Galan’s position at Rodenstock. Galan concurrently chairs SIDOL, a group that represents the interests of French importers and retailers in the optical industry.
At Shamir France, Galan has replaced Christian Röttger who formally took up a similar position at Carl Zeiss Vision France at the beginning of this month, replacing Eric Lechat. Röttger, a German native who is 46 years old, formerly held a top position at Novacel, a large French independent laboratory, recently acquired by Essilor, that he helped to create 14 years ago. He also launched the new French subsidiary of Shamir.
Röttger will have the task of expanding Carl Zeiss’ operations on the French market. Zeiss recently acquired one of the laboratories of GrandVision near Paris, but upon his nomination Röttger told the 600 workers at Zeiss’ production site in Fougères that they will keep their jobs, indicating that the company is investing there to make new high-index glasses. The laboratory is described as second within the group in size to one in Germany, delivering 26,000 lenses per day. It is not known what Lechat’s exact plans are for the future, but he is said to be in transition between jobs.