Hagen Hans Hofmann (1940-2013)
February 26, 2013—Mr. Hagen Hans Hofmann was born on January 30, 1940 in Berlin, Germany. Since his father was an opera singer with the Badisches State Theater in Karlsruhe, the family moved to Ettlingen in 1948. After college he successfully completed studies in Radio and Television Technology with Radio Becker in Ittersbach. The next three years Hofmann spent in Brazil where he set up a technical support center for Radio Becker.Upon his return to Germany he joined Hofler Maschinen-und Messgeraetebau GmbH in Ettlingen on February 1, 1965 as constructive design engineer for measuring equipment.Shortly thereafter he switched from design engineering to international sales. In 1978 the company split into Dr.-Ing. Hofler Messgeraetebau GmbH and into BHS Hofler Maschinenbau GmbH. The measuring division was newly set-up and managed by Dr. Hofler while the Maschinenbau division was sold to BHS and moved their operations to Ettlingen-Oberweier. Hofmann was nominated the marketing and sales Director for BHS, a position which he held until December 31, 1989. During this time he founded Hofler’s first overseas subsidiary in New Jersey, USA in 1984. On January 1, 1990 BHS Hofler Maschinenbau was sold from BHS to Suedweststahl AG at which time Hagen Hofmann was nominated president of the company. He held this position until March 2006 when he retired after many successful years in the gear industry business. After a short illness Hofmann passed away on February 1, 2013. All members of the former Hofler Maschinenbau GmbH as well Hofler America Corp. will always remember him for his visionary and charismatic leadership.
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