Rational AG has announced the passing of Siegfried Meister, the company founder, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board on 28 July at the age of 78 after a brief, serious illness.
Walter Kurtz, supervisory board member and shareholder since the founding of Rational AG in the year 2000 will, as the first deputy chairman, assume temporary chairmanship of the supervisory board.
The combi-steamer was born in 1976 when Siegfried Meister and his small team added steam to the hot, dry air in the oven. All his life, said a spokesman for Rational, "he remained true to his aim of knowing the requirements of customers and offering them the maximum benefit. Meister's guiding principle was not sales or profit; his foremost corporate objective was the greatest possible customer benefits."
"The well-being of the "entrepreneurs in the company", as he viewed his employees, was very important to Mr Meister," said Dr Peter Stadelmann, chief executive officer of Rational AG. "This makes us all the more sad about our great loss, and we are committed to continuing his lifetime's work in his spirit."
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