By Claire Reilly

SYDNEY, NSW: Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group has today announced the appointment of its new Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Volker Thaens.

Replacing outgoing MD Mark Saunders, Thaens comes from previous senior management positions at BSH in Germany, Stockholm and the Baltic States.

Thaens is positive about his new role and the opportunities for growth at BSH. “The company is in great shape and I take on this role knowing that there is potential to grow our share of the Australian market,” he said.

“Our commitment to sustainable development of the appliances sector by leading the way in low water and energy consumption will place Bosch and Siemens in an excellent position to become the preferred choice of the retail sector and the consumer in Australia.”

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Outgoing MD Mark Saunders has left his Australian post to take up a position with BSH Dubai. After taking on the role in 2006, Saunders oversaw the introduction of the Siemens brand in Australia, and “steered the company through a highly successful period of growth, spurred on by booming building, construction and property markets,” according to a BSH spokersperson.

The company also announced three other appointments in its marketing team. Daniel Bobik has been promoted from the position of Senior Product Manager – Cooking, to National Marketing Manager for Bosch and Siemens brands in Australia, following six years at BSH.

The role of Cooking Appliances Product Manager has been taken on by Vanessa Coussias, while Luke Maslin has joined BSH as Sales and Marketing Coordinator, according to BSH’s spokesperson.