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Markus Hüllmann is to succeed Niels Graugaard at the Executive Board of GEA

Düsseldorf, December 13, 2012 – At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft appointed Markus Hüllmann (44), hitherto Segment President of Segment GEA Mechanical Equipment, as member of the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft effective April 1, 2013. He is to succeed Niels Graugaard (65) who is retiring after the next Annual General Meeting which will take place on April 18, 2013.

Markus Hüllmann, who besides his training as a dairy specialist graduated as an engineer and holds a MBA degree, joined former Westfalia Separator AG in 1995. After successful assignments on behalf of GEA Group, mainly in the areas of sales and engineering in Germany and overseas and several years’ experience as manager of a business unit, he has been at the helm of Segment GEA Mechanical Equipment as Segment President since 2010 with outstanding success. Under his management the segment was transformed into a highly profitable and innovative business. For a transition period of 1-2 years, in addition to his new role as member of the Executive Board, Markus Hüllmann will continue to lead the Segment GEA Mechanical Equipment.

"The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft would like to thank Niels Graugaard for his extremely successful commitment to the company for many years. The Supervisory Board wishes him all the best and much success for the future”, said Dr. Jürgen Heraeus.

About GEA Group
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest suppliers of process technology and components for the food and energy industries. As an international technology group, the Company focuses on sophisticated production processes. In 2011, GEA generated consolidated revenues in excess of EUR 5.4 billion, 70 percent of which came from the food and energy sectors, which are long-term growth industries. The group employed about 24,500 people worldwide as of September 30, 2012. GEA Group is a market and technology leader in its business areas. It is listed in Germany’s MDAX stock index (G1A, WKN 660 200) and the STOXX® Europe 600 Index.

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