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Dr. Hans-Gerd Wienands

Dr. Hans-Gerd Wienands (46) has been Chief Financial Officer of Messer Group based in Bad Soden since 2004. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kerpen, near Cologne.

My biggest professional challenge at Messer so far has been…
...the financing and refinancing exercises in 2004 and 2005 with which Messer significantly expanded its external finance and considerably reduced its reliance on the banks. Other companies did not succeed in doing so, and they paid the price for this during the financial crisis.

What typifies Messer for me is…

...the strong and, in many cases, very friendly team spirit in the company which has grown over many years. That is one of the reasons why we sometimes find it easier to ditch old ways of doing things in order to be a more successful business.

My strengths are...

...also my weaknesses: I’m an impatient person who wants to achieve good results as quickly as possible.

I have a weakness for… and drink, as you can probably guess by looking at me, unfortunately.

What fascinates you about gases and gas applications?

I always like to tell our financial partners in Europe, China and the USA about how our gases are used in food products.

The most important invention of the last century is…

...the internet.