Doppstadt mourns passing of company’s founder, Werner DoppstadtPublished 10/5 at 11:23
Doppstadt Group employees have expressed deep sadness at the passing of the company’s founder and long-time CEO Werner Doppstadt who died on 20 April, 2021 at the age of 77.
Werner Doppstadt is survived by his wife Hedwig, his son Ferdinand and his family.
In the course of nearly five decades as the company’s CEO, Werner Doppstadt led the family enterprise, which was established in 1965, to international success. Born in Homberg, Germany, he first transformed his parent’s farm into an agricultural contracting business together with his wife Hedwig and his brother Josef. In 1970 Werner Doppstadt developed the ‘Puma’ cleaning machine and laid the foundations for the rise of the company to become a globally operating specialist of environmental and recycling technology. Today the group has around 700 employees, being one of the world's major machine manufacturers of recycling and environmental technology and resource recovery equipment. In 2012 Werner Doppstadt passed on the management of the enterprise to his son Ferdinand.
Doppstadt Group employees will remember Werner Doppstadt as a passionate developer and CEO. He was a man who always tackled projects with extraordinary courage, completing them with strong support from his wife and brother. As a mechanical engineer, Werner Doppstadt could mainly be characterised by his curiosity, his innovative spirit and his foresightedness regarding customers’ needs and market requirements. Keeping an attentive, analytical eye on his environment, he led the group of enterprises to success, with his catchphrase of ‘I have an idea’ being synonymous with his leadership style. He always focused on possibilities, not on problems, and invested his whole energy and financial resources in the further development of the business.
Thanks to his courage and entrepreneurial spirit, Werner Doppstadt was held in high esteem by the employees and enjoyed their confidence. His customers and suppliers valuing him as a competent partner. With his sense of humour and pragmatism, he was a well-liked employer providing valuable support to his team.