Outgoing EIT Manufacturing CEO Klaus Beetz has handed the reins to incoming CEO Caroline Viarouge, a well-regarded international leader who has extensive knowledge of the industry and the corporate business environment and is a strong proponent of innovation as a competitive advantage.
Effective today, 2 May 2023, Caroline Viarouge assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer at EIT Manufacturing. Named as incoming CEO on 23 March 2023, Caroline now succeeds Klaus Beetz, who plans to retire at end of July 2023 after four years at the helm of EIT Manufacturing.
Caroline already had the opportunity to meet with community partners and EIT Manufacturing members at the annual MatchMaking Event to discuss industry challenges and steps to accelerate manufacturing competencies in Europe. Caroline will spend her first few months visiting all EIT Manufacturing offices to meet with her team along with EIT Manufacturing's community partners, start-ups, educational institutions, and larger corporations. Her priorities in 2023 will include the redesign of the EIT Manufacturing Strategic Agenda for financial sustainability and the development of service offerings.
I am pleased that Caroline Viarouge starts today as the next EIT Manufacturing CEO.
On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Klaus Beetz for successfully leading the development of our organisation from its early days in 2019. We strongly believe that Caroline is the right successor to take over this responsibility, further shape the organisation to provide more value to our community and members, and help transform European manufacturing.
CECILIA WARROL, CHAIR OF THE EIT MANUFACTURING SUPERVISORY BOARDCECILIA WARROL, CHAIR OF THE EIT MANUFACTURING SUPERVISORY BOAR
I am honoured to lead EIT Manufacturing and, together with our colleagues, start a new chapter while making our organisation financially sustainable. EIT Manufacturing has a unique community; I believe EIT Manufacturing partners can join forces to accelerate innovation. Together, we will build on what was done so far, to reshape and improve European manufacturing competitiveness and impact.
CAROLINE VIAROUGE, NEW CEO OF EIT MANUFACTURINGCAROLINVIAROUGE, NEW CEO OF EIT MANUFACTURING
First of all I want to say a big THANKS to our partners and to the team of EIT Manufacturing for their commitment and support. It was really an honour to serve this outstanding and unique European community and I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to lead the talented team and, with the support of our partners, to shape the future of EIT Manufacturing and the manufacturing community. Much has been achieved and there is a lot to do. I wish Caroline, the whole team, and the still growing community a lot of success and a prosperous future.
KLAUS BEETZ, FORMER CEO OF EIT MANUFACTURING
Caroline Viarouge brings a strong leadership and transformational track record, broad background in the industry, and a passion for manufacturing in Europe. She held various senior management positions in larger industrial groups such as Nissan and Munters, where she was instrumental in growing and transforming these organisations and in expanding their manufacturing footprints. Beyond her deep corporate knowledge, Caroline worked in management consulting at BearingPoint, and she continues to support innovative start-ups through X-HEC and as a business angel. She holds a Master of Sciences in International Business from the University College Dublin and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.