Torqeedo appoints Fabian Bez as new CEO


Deutz has completed the reorganization of the management team at Torqeedo. On October 1, Fabian Bez took the helm for the maritime electric drive specialist, and will be supported by Heiko Vietmeier as commercial director as of November.

The changes in the management team had become necessary because the long-time managing director Ralf Plieninger had left the company in May. Since the spring, Torqeedo had therefore been managed provisionally by Deutz CTO Markus Müller.

The new CEO, Fabian Bez, has many years of expertise in strategic corporate development and, according to Torqeedo, “in particular the development of the areas of electrification and battery production”. In the meantime, he was Vice President E-Solution and Services at Webasto, for example. Most recently, Bez worked as an independent management consultant in the field of alternative drives and renewable energies.

Heiko Vietmeier was most recently CFO of the Defontaine Group in France, a leading global manufacturer of large-diameter antifriction bearings for wind turbines, transportation, forestry, machine tools, and maritime and medical applications. He holds a degree in business administration from RWTH Aachen University and a master’s degree in international business from Toulouse Business School and is a certified tax advisor.

“The Deutz Management Board welcomes Fabian Bez and Heiko Vietmeier as the new management team for Torqeedo,” says ex-interim CEO Markus Müller. “We are confident they will leverage their extensive leadership experience to drive Torqeedo forward sustainably.”

“There couldn’t be a better time to join Torqeedo,” says Fabian Bez. “I am looking forward to further developing this fast-growing company as we build the emission-free future of the marine industry.”



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