30 August 2013
Several articles in the Danish media, 30 August 2013, cover the fact that Widex is now hiring an external CEO, replacing the present management in the family owned and managed hearing aid company. The new CEO is Jørgen Jensen, previously CEO at Nilfisk-Advance since 2005, a global supplier of professional cleaning equipment with app. 5,200 employees.
The executive management group has until now consisted of the three descendants of the two founders of Widex – Jan Tøpholm (67), son of Christian Tøpholm, together with Anders and Søren Westermann, sons of Erik Westermann. Widex was founded in 1956, has 3,800 employees, 43 sales units across the world and a turnover of DKK 3 billion (USD 600 million). It is said to be one of the five to six largest hearing aid companies, with a market share around 10% and yearly growth rates of 10%.
到目前为止，唯听的管理团队有三位执行管理人， Jan Tøpholm—Christian Tøpholm（唯听创始人之一）的儿子和Anders 以及Søren Westermann—Erik Westermann（唯听创始人之一）的儿子。唯听公司成立于1956年，在全球有3800名员工，全球拥有43家子公司，年销售达6亿美元，是全球助听器6大品牌之一，销售额占全球市场的10%，并且以10%的速度逐年增长。
Earlier this year, announced on 26 May, two new members of the board joined the ‘family’ from the Danish business world, Ulrik Bülow and Lars Frederiksen. Ulrik Bülow brings with him a background as CEO of the Danish cosmetics and health care retail chain, Matas, and Lars Frederiksen was CEO of the Danish ingredient/enzyme corporation, Chr. Hansen.
Bringing fresh blood to the board of directors was seemingly the first truly visible step in the Widex transformation, allegedly part of a strategy lau5nched three years ago containing 14 concrete changes. Today, we have seen the next step with the change of the guards, introducing Jørgen Jensen as the new CEO.
唯听公司董事会注入新鲜血液看似唯听转型的第一步，据称这是三年前制定的战略14个具体改变中的一部分。现在，我们看到了下一步的改变，聘任Jørgen Jensen 做新任的CEO。
The three now former executives will continue as members of the board and leave the daily management behind – acknowledging that it has been a challenge to unite strategic planning with daily routines. One of Widex’ challenges has been to strengthen the ties to the subsidiaries during years of growth. Revenues have increased 20-fold since mid-80’ies where Widex only had two subsidiaries and 250 employees. At present, a new ERP system is in pipeline, expected launch 1 January 2014, and back-office functions will be centralized and moved to
The choice of the new CEO relies heavily on his fundamental values and his ability to act within the frames of the longsighted strategies which characterize a family owned company as opposed to listed companies with fierce demands for quarterly performances.
The expectance is not that Jørgen Jensen will create a turn-around for the company within the first year or two, and Widex is expected to show rather unsatisfying results when it publishes its annual report around September, reflecting the ongoing and imminent restructuring of the company. “I see Widex as an uncut diamond”, Jørgen Jensen says, “with a great potential for winning market shares and further improving revenues, thereby taking the company to a whole new level”.
“在我看来，唯听是一块未经琢磨的钻石”新任CEO Jørgen Jensen如是说，“唯听公司有进一步提高销售额以及占据更大市场份额的潜力，公司将因此上升到一个新的阶段”