Axel Sebbesse takes on Otto Krahn Group management role


Axel Sebbesse will become a Managing Director of the Otto Krahn Group and assume the role of Chief Development Officer (CDO).

His future areas of responsibility will include Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A, New Business, and People & Culture. In addition to the KRAHN Chemie Group, Otto Krahn Group Holding also includes the plastics distributor ALBIS, the compounder MOCOM, and the plastics recycler WIPAG.

Axel Sebbesse is a familiar face at the corporate group, which is headquartered in Hamburg. He worked for ALBIS from 2007 until he became a KRAHN Chemie Group Managing Director in 2008. He has been managing the Group since then along with Dr. Rolf Kuropka.

"In the past, Axel Sebbesse has demonstrated great expertise and flair both in the development of sustainable and profitable business areas, in the acquisition of new companies and also in the international expansion of KRAHN Chemie," says Philip O. Krahn, CEO of the Otto Krahn Group. "I am delighted to have gained a new business expert with a high level of strategic competence and a keen interest in new areas of the company. In addition to organic growth, M&A and the establishment of new business areas are very important components for us. Now that Axel Sebbesse is on the management board, we have someone who can significantly develop and shape these areas for the Group."

"Otto Krahn Holding is in an extremely interesting development phase. We can look back on a 112-year history, taking what we have achieved as valuable confirmation of our success and, at the same time, as a call to develop further; to open up new questions, regions and business areas and then shape them ourselves or with partners. It is exactly the right time for this step in the further development of the Group. I am very much looking forward to this new responsibility and what we will achieve together as a team," says Axel Sebbesse. “I am looking forward to my new role, but at the same time I am leaving a great company and some wonderful colleagues. We have achieved a lot together. I know I am leaving the KRAHN Chemie Group in good hands and look forward to working together in the future from a new perspective.” 

Axel Sebbesse, Chief Development Officer of the Otto Krahn Group.
Picture: Otto Krahn Group

About Otto Krahn Group

Otto Krahn Group GmbH is the holding company of the globally active Otto Krahn Group. It defines strategic guidelines and at the same time takes on the role of a professional service provider to support Group companies with the development of successful and sustainable growth strategies. Overall, the family-owned Otto Krahn Group, which includes plastics distributor ALBIS, plastics compounder MOCOM, the KRAHN Chemie Group and the recycling specialist WIPAG, is represented in more than 30 countries. In the 2019 financial year, the Otto Krahn Group employed a total of around 1,600 people and its global turnover was EUR 1.3 billion.

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