Kernen’s major responsibilities at the polymer specialist will include oversight and enhancement of financial and cost accounting, purchasing, IT, customer service, disposition and organization. The 42-year-old Kernen described his new company this way: “Raumedic is a dynamic international company in a market that is focused on the future. I am really excited about this opportunity to contribute my experience to this fascinating business and to help shape new developments.”
Kernen has held a number of commercial managerial positions at the Rehau Group. In his most recent position, the native of Switzerland oversaw the operations of the plant-extract manufacturer Anklam Extrakt as the company's Commercial Director. Before assuming these responsibilities, the college-educated business auditor held managerial positions at Rehau in Mexico and Switzerland.
Martin Bayer, the CEO of Raumedic, welcomed the CFO to the company's management team: “Bernhard Kernen has many years of international professional and managerial experience. He also takes a strategic approach to his work. All of these characteristics will help us move forward.” The CEO expects purchasing and IT to make long-range contributions to the company's success: “New IT processes and tools must be successfully implemented.” This is the only way that Raumedic AG can position itself as a top partner of its customers in terms of Industry 4.0.