Wolfgang Häfele, Driving Force at Häfele, Dies at 59

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Wolfgang Häfele, Driving Force at Häfele, Dies
at 59

Archdale, NC – Wolfgang Häfele, president of
Häfele America, the largest foreign subsidiary operated by the
internationally active cabinet hardware manufacturer Häfele –
and a driving force behind the company’s substantial U.S. presence
– has died here at the age of 59.

Widely known in both the U.S. and Europe as an entrepreneur and
innovator, Wolfgang Häfele “lost a short but courageously
fought battle” against an undisclosed illness, said a spokesman for
Häfele America.

As managing director of Häfele Holding GmbH, which holds and
coordinates the interests of the foreign subsidiaries, and as a
group shareholder, Wolfgang Hafele “played an instrumental role in
the global development of the Häfele Group of Companies,” the
company said. “With his death, the company loses one of the second
Häfele generation’s most outstanding personalities. All
through the company’s rapid expansion over the past years, Wolfgang
Häfele retained the respect and admiration of his staff, to
whom he was both an example and motivating force.”

Wolfgang Häfele, the youngest son of company founder Adolf
Häfele, was born and raised in Nagold, Germany, where the
company that bears his name is headquartered. Taking his family to
the U.S. in 1975, during the initial stages of the company’s rapid
globalization, he took over management of the newly establish
Häfele America Co., which he succeeded in developing over the
years to become the largest foreign subsidiary of the entire
Häfele Group.

Apart from its headquarters in Archdale, NC, Häfele America
currently operates four affiliated sale offices in the U.S., as
well as sales companies in Mexico and Canada.

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