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Reorganization of the plastics maker Promens

Case Study

Challenge

Promens needed a managing director for its Polish subsidiary at short notice. A change strategy had to be compiled to improve the organizational structure and the company’s profitability. 

Success

With an excellent change strategy, the Atreus manager introduced improvements and rules that made a profitable organization possible for the future. The restructuring took place in stages, in close and harmonious communication between the Polish plant and the German parent. He also cleared up conflicts with customer situations. 

Interview mit Maik Altendorf, Vice President of Promens Europe

Why did you call on the services of an interim manager?

We were looking for a temporary solution to bridge the period between the old managing director leaving and the new one starting work. We didn’t consider the company to be mature enough to be able to go without lead management for that time. 

 

"The speed with which Atreus worked really surprised me. Less than three weeks passed between my inquiry and the manager starting work in Poland."

What were the main tasks that the Atreus manager had to deal with?

The focus was on managing the staff and, of course, improving the processes. We were looking for a real hands-on manager who would do his rounds of the factory floor and could discuss technical details with the workers on their own level. The result was to be a proposal for the future organization of the factory. 

What was the special accomplishment of the Atreus manager?

In just two weeks, he compiled and presented various scenarios for how the future organization could look. He quickly pointed out certain internal issues to us that we hadn’t been aware of in the German parent company. They weren’t all easy truths to digest, yet he managed to involve and motivate the employees and integrate them into the change and improvement processes. 

Electrical engineer Maik Altendorf has worked at Promens since 2003. Today, he is General Manager of Hockenheim GmbH. Since 2007, he has also been responsible for the European business as Vice President.

 

"The Atreus manager identified problems, sought solutions and implemented them in such a way that conflicts did not escalate."

That was a major, measurable success in such a short time…

Absolutely, thanks to his experience and communication skills – in all directions! As the Atreus manager was born in Poland, he was quickly able to overcome barriers and communication hurdles, even those with international customers. 

Atreus is the leading interim management provider in Germany and one of the largest in its field in Europe. We solve difficult operational management and transformation problems quickly and reliably. Contact us and find out how we can help you master your situation with management expertise that is available at short notice and that is the perfect fit for you.

Atreus is a co-founder of Globalise – the market’s leading and largest provider of international interim management. Accelerating change and delivering success. Worldwide. Structured as a global group of leading interim management firms, Globalise has the reach to support you in solving your company’s most important issues around the world.