04/07/2024 – Personnel matter — auf Deutsch lesen

Lara Kufferath appointed CEO of GKD Group

Lara Kufferath took over the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GKD Group on July 1, 2024. She is the fourth generation to run the family business and has great ambitions to build on the transformation course currently being pursued by the global market leader for solutions produced from metal and synthetic mesh.


Lara Kufferath takes the helm of the GKD Group. © GKD


Ilonka von Bodman, Lara Kufferath and Dr. Daniel Holstein (from left to right). © GKD


With the change at the highest level of the organization, the fourth generation of the Kufferath family is taking over the reins of the GKD Group. Lara Kufferath succeeds her father, Dr. Stephan Kufferath, and her uncle, Ingo Kufferath, who have been in charge of the company since 1983. From July on, she is the first CEO in GKD Group history to run the company in a hybrid executive model together with Dr. Daniel Holstein (CTOO) and Ilonka von Bodman (CFO).

Lara Kufferath has been a member of the Management Board since 2021, most recently holding responsibility for the company's digital transformation and innovation processes. Under her leadership, the GKD Group will continue to focus keenly on the topics of digitalization, internationalization, and sustainability. At the same time, Lara Kufferath has her sights set on doubling the Group’s global sales revenues by 2027.

Lara Kufferath: “I’m really looking forward to continuing the great work my family has done for the company over the years and to steering the GKD Group toward a sustainable and strong future. As an owner-run family business, it has always been our aspiration to act with foresight. We wish to make our own contribution to making our world healthier, cleaner, and safer with innovative products and responsible corporate action.”

Successfully navigated the generational transition in the family business

Lara Kufferath has been closely linked to the family company and the wire weaving operations since early childhood. However, it was only after beginning her career outside the company that she truly realized her desire to help develop the company and assume responsibility. Lara Kufferath completed her master’s degree at the European Business School in Oestrich Winkel and was then able to gain overseas experience during placements in Copenhagen and New York. Her first job was working for AGCO, an agricultural equipment group. After this, she spent several years working for Swiss corporate consultancy Helbing Business Advisors. In 2019, she then came home to join the family company as Head of Corporate Development.

With Lara Kufferath assuming her new position, the change of generations on the Management Board at GKD is now complete. The new Management Board team also includes Ilonka von Bodman (51) and Dr. Daniel Holstein (55). Boasting extensive international management experience, Ilonka von Bodmann took up her position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Düren in March of this year. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Daniel Holstein, who had previously worked for both Thyssenkrupp and Hörmann Automotive, was assigned the executive mandate for Technology & Production as Chief Technical & Operations Officer (CTOO). The family business, which will be celebrating its centenary in 2025, therefore ranks among the very few companies in Germany with a predominantly female Management Board.