Sylvi Claußnitzer will take over as managing director of the export-oriented network of the waste disposal and recycling industry on May 1.
Claußnitzer succeeds Karin Opphard, who helped establish the German RETech Partnership and led it for twelve years. "We are deeply indebted to Karin Opphard for her extremely dedicated work at RETech," says Armin Vogel, RETech's CEO. "With Sylvi Claußnitzer, the board has succeeded in finding a successor for Karin Opphard who is experienced in association work and our industry." Claußnitzer was most recently head of department for environmental policy and sustainability at the Zentralverband Deutsches Baugewerbe e.V. (ZDB), previously as head of the capital city office of the German Demolition Association e.V. (DA) and before that as an environmental and technology policy officer at the VDMA German Engineering Federation. According to the company, in addition to managing RETech on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, she will also be in charge of a project to support German companies abroad. The German RETech Partnership emerged from the Federal Environment Ministry's Recycling and Efficiency Technology Initiative at the end of 2011 and has since been committed to technology export and know-how transfer as a network of German companies and institutions in the waste disposal and recycling sector.