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Germany: CEO of Bitzer Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler Receives Gründerpreis for His Life’s Work

Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler, CEO of Bitzer SE, received the 2014 Baden-Württemberg Gründerpreis in the category “life’s work” in Stuttgart, Germany.

The award was presented by Dr. Nils Schmid, patron and minister of finance and economics.

Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Baden-Württemberg has been presenting the Gründerpreis in a variety of categories for 17 years. The category “life’s work” was added eleven years ago. The award presented to Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler honors a lifetime of achievements, with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking and a high level of dedication to social issues. For instance, Bitzer regularly supports the work of communities, organizations and social institutions. With the Schaufler Foundation, which he founded.

The Schaufler Foundation

The foundation will continue the successful life’s work of the entrepreneur, which began when he joined his father’s company back in 1963. Schaufler has been managing director of the Bitzer Group since 1979. Since then, the number of employees has increased from 250 people to more than 3,200. “I live for the company and would like to be a role model for my employees in every respect,” explains Schaufler.