15 July 2021

Stephan Barth leaves active management position

Change at the top | BarthHaas is restructuring its top management: Stephan Barth, managing partner since 1992, moves from executive management to the Board of Directors. His cousin Regine Barth becomes the sole managing director of BarthHaas GmbH & Co. KG.

The hops specialist BarthHaas is facing a change in management: Stephan Barth, who has led the company as one of its managing partners since 1992, intends to retire from operational responsibility somewhat earlier than planned and will leave the management of BarthHaas GmbH & Co. KG as of 31 July 2021. The 60-year-old manager fell seriously ill with Covid-19 in the spring of this year and has not yet fully recovered. "I'm going to completely regain my health, but during my illness I decided to speed up a process that would have taken place in the next few years anyway."

Shareholders Stephan Barth (left), Alexander Barth, and Regine Barth (Photo: BarthHaas)

Until now, Stephan Barth has managed the BarthHaas Group together with his brother Alexander Barth (57) and his cousin Regine Barth (50). In the future, Regine Barth will be responsible for the European and Asian markets and will manage the operative business from the top together with the management team. This is the first time in the company's 227-year history that a woman has held the position of sole managing director of BarthHaas GmbH & Co. KG (formerly Joh. Barth & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG). At the same time, BarthHaas GmbH & CO. KG is looking for a replacement for Stephan Barth to maintain the proven dual leadership at the top. Alexander Barth remains at the helm of the American affiliated company John I. Haas located in Washington D.C.

Stephan Barth will continue to be involved in the company after leaving his position as senior managing partner. A Board of Directors is to be established in fiscal year 2021/22 (August 1st – July 31st) which, in addition to its statutory supervisory and control function, will also support the company in an advisory capacity. The initial members will be Stephan Barth, Alexander Barth, and two external board members.

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