Munich, Germany – 12 November 2019 – From January 2020, Bernd Hops (46), currently Head of External Communications, will take over as Head of Communications and Public Authorities & Associations at Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY). He will succeed Klaus Walther, who held this position from 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Hops will report to Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reinhard Ploss and have global responsibility for internal, external and political communication.
“I am delighted that Bernd Hops is taking on this important and challenging task. He knows our company extremely well and has already made an important contribution to demonstrating Infineon’s relevance for the economy and society. I wish him all the best and every success in his new role,” says Dr. Reinhard Ploss, Chief Executive Officer of Infineon. “I personally thank Klaus Walther for his tireless commitment to sustainable enhancing our company’s reputation. In the past years he has made a significant contribution with his strong strategic expertise and extensive network to positioning Infineon successfully in a challenging environment.”
Bernd Hops has held management positions within Corporate Communications at Infineon since 2013. The graduate of the Georg-von-Holtzbrinck School for Business Journalists previously worked, among other things, as an editor for the “Tagesspiegel” and “Financial Times Deutschland” newspapers and at the consulting firm Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
Mr. Walther, who turns 65 in January 2020, will continue to support Infineon as Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer. He worked for around 20 years as a journalist, for example as a foreign correspondent in Washington for the German public broadcasting station ZDF, and then for 24 years in industry, among others at Ruhrgas AG and Lufthansa, and from 2013 at Infineon as Head of the merged Communications and Public Authorities & Associations departments. Under his leadership, Corporate Communications at Infineon received the “Thought Leadership Award 2019” for the best communication to shape major, public debates in industry and society. Other awards for Klaus Walther include “PR Manager of the Year” in 2001 and “PR Professional of the Year” in 2011.