Dr Alexander Hinrichs (right) takes over the management of QS on 1 May.
Dr Alexander Hinrichs (right) takes over the management of QS on 1 May.

Dr Alexander Hinrichs took over the management of QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH on 1 May. The 46-year-old succeeds Dr Hermann-Josef Nienhoff, who is handing over the reins to Hinrichs after more than 18 years as managing director.

Hinrichs has been the managing director of the Initiative Tierwohl (ITW) since its foundation in 2015 and has successfully established it in the market. He will continue to be one of two ITW managing directors in the future. For the agricultural economist with a doctorate, QS is not new territory. He has already worked at QS for nine years in various functions, most recently as Head of Controlling. Six years ago, together with Nienhoff, he initiated the foundation of ITW out of QS.

"An exciting task with highly relevant issues awaits me. I am very much looking forward to the new task," says Dr Alexander Hinrichs. "It is to Hermann-Josef Nienhoff's credit that I am able to take over a healthy and excellently positioned company."

QS is now active in the key sectors of the food industry. Hinrichs comments: "The social and political pressure on trade and the food industry is increasing. For QS, it will be a matter of actively and reliably supporting our partners in the face of the many new challenges so that they can continue to offer safe and high-quality food."

"I consider the appointment of Alexander Hinrichs as Managing Director of QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH to be the right decision at the right time," comments Dr Hermann-Josef Nienhoff. "I am convinced that Alexander Hinrichs will lead QS very well into the future."

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