Holger Kimmes Has Passed Away

On the weekend before last (September 3rd), Holger Kimmes passed away at the age of 63. The former Vice President Personnel was a member of the Opel management board from 2007 to 2013. Initially, the employment lawyer was responsible for the human resources and social affairs department and held the position of labour director. From January 2010, Holger Kimmes was responsible for human resources and social affairs at Opel and Vauxhall Europe as Vice President Personnel. „On behalf of the entire company, I would like to express our sympathy and condolences to the family,“ said Ralph Wangemann, Managing Director Human Resources and Labour Director.

Labour law specialist

Holger Kimmes was born on November 25, 1958, in Wiesbaden. After studying law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and then working as a lawyer in a Wiesbaden law firm, he joined Opel in 1988 as a specialist in labour law. Immediately after reunification, Kimmes played a key role in setting up the Eisenach plant. From 1992 he worked in Rüsselsheim as manager for central industrial relations and worked, among other things, on the agreements at the time to increase competitiveness. Holger Kimmes left the company in 2013 to set up his own company KCC, Kimmes Coaching & Consulting based in Idstein. Holger Kimmes also finds his last resting place in the Taunus.

September 2022

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