Michael Egger celebrated his birthday
A true industry great is leaving: on August 27, 2022, Michael Egger turned 75. For decades, he was responsible for sales and marketing and was the face of the company. In 2009, he moved to the Supervisory Board and has since advised Egger Group Management on strategic issues. At the age of 75, he is now retiring from the Supervisory Board. At the same time, a new chapter in the history of the family-owned company is beginning: Michael Egger Jr. has joined Egger Group Management, effective July 27, 2022, and is now responsible for sales and marketing at the wood-based materials manufacturer.
Michael Egger has made a significant contribution to the success of the Egger family business from the very beginning. The foundation stone for the company’s success story was laid by Michael Egger’s father Fritz Egger Sr: With a sawmill in St. Johann in Tyrol that was modern for the 1950s. Born in Kufstein in 1947, Michael Egger grew up right next door on his parents’ Brunnhof farm and was involved in the business from an early age. In 1961, Fritz Egger shut down the sawmill and instead ventured to build one of Austria’s first particleboard plants. After completing his training as a wood merchant at the woodworking college in Kuchl at the end of the 1960s, Michael Egger became acquainted with all aspects of this business. With stays abroad in Germany, England, France and Switzerland, he rounded out his knowledge of wood-based material production and gained the foresight that characterizes the decisions of the family business to this day.
Due to the sudden accidental death of his father, Michael Egger was given entrepreneurial responsibility at an early age together with his brothers Fritz and Edmund. Together with them, he developed the family business into an international group that has now grown to 20 plants in ten countries and 24 sales offices within 60 years and, with around 10,800 employees, is one of the leading wood-based materials manufacturers in the world.
“Perspective, humanity and quality are our constant companions. They shape everything we do. That’s how it was in the past and that’s how it should be in the future,” Michael Egger sums up. With Michael Egger Jr. joining the Egger Group Management, a family member is once again moving into the operational management of the company. “We want to remain a family business where the handshake still counts,” affirms Michael Egger Jr. the next generation.