According to a 29 Jan statement from Rieter, Hess has many years of international experience in various leading positions and has previously worked at Nestlé and Schindler.
He was appointed to the Schindler executive board as cfo in 1996 and was ceo of Schindler from 2003 to 2007.
As already announced, the board will also propose that Erwin Stoller, who was a member of the group executive committee until the end of 2007, be elected to Rieter's board as vice chairman.
Feller joined Rieter in 1978 and was ceo of the Rieter group from 1989 to 2000. He has also been a director since 1994 and was elected chairman in 2000. (ss)