Holger Ruban named CEO at Distrelec Group

21st October 2021
Mick Elliott

Holger Ruban has been named as the new CEO at Distrelec Group. He succeeds Stephan Rahmede who now joins the Distrelec Supervisory Board.

Distrelec was acquired by AURELIUS 18 months ago.

“In Holger we have succeeded in gaining an exceptional industry expert as CEO for this task, who will build on the AURELIUS foundation and take the Distrelec Group to the next level of development," says Stephan Rahmede. This completes the C-management team, which includes Raj Patel as COO and Ben Scholey as CIO.

Ruban, 51, has more than 15 years of C-level experience as a managing director and advisory board member and has been involved in multi-channel B2B retail of electronic components for more than 20 years.

As CEO of Conrad Electronic and previously managing director of Farnell, he has industry expertise that marks him as an all-round industry veteran.

Most recently, Ruban (pictured) served as managing director for Rademacher Geräte-Elektronik.

In the industry, he is regarded as a specialist for sustainable corporate growth and increasing corporate value.

At the Distrelec Group, he is thus expected to initiate the next phase of growth.

Says Ruban: "Continuing to drive the success story forward and opening up further areas of growth - these are the two objectives that are central to what will determine our work in the next stage of development. It will be about continuing to drive the themes of innovation and customer centricity as a team."

Distrelec Group is about to have the most successful financial year in the company's history.

For the current year, the retailer of electronic and technical components with headquarters in Manchester (UK) and Nänikon (CH) expects sales of more than EUR 200 million for the first time and is growing at a clear double-digit rate.

"For the current financial year, we expect EBITDA of more than 10 per cent for the first time, based on the growth and significant efficiency improvements along the initiated digitalisation," says Stephan Rahmede.

He has led the company in a dual role as AURELIUS manager and CEO after the takeover in April 2020 and initiated a comprehensive digitisation and performance improvement programme under the motto "Back to the digital Future".

As a result, despite a pandemic that prevented office operations at the headquarters for long stretches in the middle of the realignment, Distrelec was able to reposition itself with its approximately 500 employees and align it with the market, as well as significantly increase its earning power.

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