The Dane Mads Ryder is the new Rosenthal CEO, Photo: © Lenox

The Rosenthal company, based in Selb in Bavaria’s Upper Franconia region, was established in 1879. Its two plants in Selb and Speichersdorf manufacture premium china, exclusive designer objects and stylish accessories. With brands including Rosenthal, Rosenthal meets Versace, Hutschenreuther, Thomas and Arzberg, Rosenthal GmbH is one of the best-known porcelain manufacturers. The company has been part of the Arcturus Group since 2009, which is one of the world’s leading makers of premium designer products for dining, kitchen and home use. One of the tabletop industry’s most experienced managers is now going to lead Rosenthal into the future. Mads Ryder, from Denmark, has been appointed CEO and, effective immediately, is taking over all duties of Rosenthal’s previous managing director, Pierluigi Coppo, who is retiring from business operations.

Ryder was most recently at the helm of Lenox Corporation in the US, where he also held a CEO role. From 2009 to 2013, he was the managing director of Royal Copenhagen, a Danish porcelain brand steeped in tradition which he repositioned and substantially reinvigorated. A former officer in the Danish army, Mads Ryder holds a master’s degree in business law from Aarhus University. His former roles also include Senior Vice President for continental Europe and the UK at WeightWatchers and Global Head of HR and CEO of Legoland Parks at the Lego Group, where he has spent the majority of his career. In addition to the UK, he has worked in Japan, Korea and Germany.

“Rosenthal is a valuable and very well-known brand and Rosenthal GmbH is a very renowned company, but it has to face up to a transformation process to stay relevant and successful in the future,” says Mads Ryder, “Initiating and implementing this change will be my task, which I am very much looking forward to.” By appointing Ryders as CEO, Rosenthal has now completely refreshed its leadership team. Tanja-Simone Pigorsch had joined the company as Director of Marketing and Sales in September 2020, whilst Carsten W. Hense took charge of operational processes, especially in production and logistics, when he became COO in January 2020.

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