The Shaper of the Future
Oliver Hermes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilo, has been a member of the Executive Board since 2006. In 2019, Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländernamed him as successor of the business, and thus also as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wilo-Foundation.In recent years, as President & CEO, Oliver Hermes has been consistently promoting the transformation of the Wilo Group towards becoming a digitalclimate protection pioneer of the industry.As part of the strategic realignment of the group, he sped up the internationalisation of the business: he strengthened Wilo’s position as a leading global player by entering the marketsof East, West and Central Africa and the countries of Latin America, strengthening the regional presence in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and establishingnew plants in Russia, India, China, Korea, Turkey, the UAE and the United States. As a result, the Wilo Group has grown into a multi-billion business in recent years.
In his role as CEO he has played a key role in significantly increasing the brand performance through the modernisation of brand identity and development of the corporate group from a “hidden champion” to a “visible & connected champion”. Moreover, he is consistently working to strengthen Wilo’s innovation leadership by pursuing the group’s shift from a component manufacturer to a provider of systems, solutions and services.
As part of this mission, for example, several future-oriented acquisitions were made. He is also advancing the digital transformation of the Wilo Groupalong the four dimensions of products andsolutions, processes, business models and people. In line with the motto “Climate protection is part of our DNA”, Oliver Hermes is committed to ensuring that Wilo helps to improve living standards worldwide and, in particular, increase the efficiency of water management systems in times of climate change. The fact that Wilo received the renowned German Sustainability Award (DNP) 2021 in the “Climate” transformation field underlines Wilo’s credibility as a “climate protection pioneer”.
Committee activities, honorary positions and awards of Oliver Hermes
Deputy Chairman of the Nah-und Mittelost-Verein e.V., Berlin
Member of the Advisory Board of Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA (BVB), Dortmund
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Family Businesses, Munich
Member of the board of pro Ruhrgebiet e.V., Essen
Member of the Advisory Board of the Initiative Group Ruhr, Essen
Member of the Rotary Club, Dortmund since 2022
Until November 2020 Board of the Ostasiatische Verein e.V., Hamburg
From 2021 Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
In 2014 he was awarded the honorary title "Citizens of the Ruhr Area".
Status: August 2022