Harry Prunk has stepped down as a member of the board of management at Sikora AG, the Germany-based manufacturer of measurement and quality control systems.
Harry’s career at Sikora spanned a period of 45 years. He joined the company, which was founded by Harald Sikora. in 1973, as its third employee in 1975, immediately after graduation from Bremen as an electrical and electronics engineer. Eleven years later, he was appointed Managing Director of SIKORA Industrieelektronik GmbH.
He has shaped the development of the company and contributed significantly to the success of the brand - in Germany and internationally. In 1981, he founded the first subsidiary for SIKORA, SIKORA International Corp. in California, USA. Today, the medium-sized company is globally positioned with 14 subsidiaries and 300 employees.
Prunk joined Sikora’s management board in 2002, serving as chair from 2011 to 2015, and was responsible for the sales, marketing and service activities of the country, with a particular focus on its international growth.
"We thank Harry Prunk for more than four decades full of outstanding achievements for our company, for the close cooperation with customers in the wire and cable, hose and tube as well as plastics industry and for his persistent commitment in building up the SIKORA subsidiaries and representatives", commented Thomas Sikora, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sikora AG. "The many years of wonderful and trustful cooperation will remain unforgotten."
The Harry-shaped hole on the company’s management board has been filled by Jörg Wissdorf. Wissdorf, an aerospace engineer, was appointed to the board on 1 March 2020, providing sufficient time to ensure the transition would be a smooth one. He officially takes over the role and responsibilities of Harry Prunk today, 1 April 2021.
Harry Prunk will remain professionally active after his retirement as Consultant for Corporate Development, focussing on the realisation of new, challenging projects relating to management and internationalisation.
The measuring systems developed and produced by Sikora are still all manufactured exclusively at the company’s headquarters in Bremen. These systems can considerably increase the efficiency of plastics cables, pipes and tubes manufacturers’ production lines by saving material and boosting product quality.
Not only does lowering material consumption increase both the profitability and the competitiveness of the business, it also yields sustainability benefits: according to Sikora, up to 5 million tons of carbon dioxide are saved annually by using its measuring equipment.