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January 9, 2024

Fortessa Promoting Smith to President/CEO

Fortessa Tableware Solutions named company veteran Jeff Smith president and CEO, effective March 1, 2024.

Smith has been with Fortessa for nearly two decades, most recently serving as COO and CFO.

Fortessa founder Scott Hamberger will be transitioning to the position of president emeritus. In this capacity, Hamberger will continue in an advisory role. He will continue as a director and assume the role of vice chairman of the supervisory board of Zwiesel Kristallglas, AG, the parent company of Fortessa.

Hamberger said, “My greatest professional joy has been to be a part of the growth and development of the wonderful people of this company. I look forward to continuing to contribute in a different way and from a different perspective.  As part of that, I will be giving Jeff my full support as he takes the company forward.”

Group CEO Andreas Buske added, “Jeff has earned the confidence of his colleagues across our group, as well as that of our board of directors in the United States and our supervisory board in Germany.  We wish him every success and look forward to working with him as he leads Fortessa Tableware Solutions to new heights.”

“I could not be more excited to lead this outstanding company of which I have been a part,” Smith said. “I appreciate the confidence of our ownership, governing boards, and my colleagues.  We have a great history and I’m looking forward to an even better future.”

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