The Salzburg Interim Manager Siegfried Lettmann has been elected best Interim Manager of the year 2018 by the DÖIM. The award thus joins the growing list of prizes awarded by the business development expert. The reason for the award is the first-class implementation of a complex change project for the Offenburg-based mechanical engineering specialist MEIKO.

Siegfried Lettmann “well-deserved prizewinner”

DÖIM CEO Martin Mayr explains that Siegfried Lettmann is a “well-deserved prizewinner” and that, in addition to the project itself, Lettmann also played a role in the election by representing “genuine interim management” and living the values of the industry. “Personalities like him continue to develop the industry”, confirmed DÖIM board member Robert Eichinger, “Siegfried Lettmann is an outstanding personality among the DÖIM members”. The prize was awarded on 16.3.2018.

Complex challenges mastered

“There is no doubt that this was not an easy project”, as Siegfried Lettmann explains with regard to his winning mandate, “I implemented several parallel change projects for MEIKO at the same time and in the meantime also took care of the development of selected personnel who would take on greater leadership responsibility in the future. I was also responsible for sales, marketing and product management.” Said, done. MEIKO was not only reorganized in terms of sales and organization, the coachees of the interim manager also took over their new positions top-prepared and according to plan.

MEIKO Managing Director Dr. Stefan Scheringer also sees that the solution of all these tasks was a challenge, as he confirms in the interview that Mr. Lettmann was very challenged “physically, mentally and emotionally”. Nevertheless, the temporary manager kept the overview and was able to keep all projects on track with the help of the latest methods and knowledge. This undoubtedly contributed to MEIKO’s record sales.


Lettmann’s approach: Creating a lot together

One important reason why the mandate is attracting so much attention is undoubtedly the scale of the interference. As interim Head of Sales and Marketing, Lettmann was a member of the Executive Board and responsible for the development and introduction of customer segment management, the decentralisation of sales processes and structures and the mentoring of junior executives. He also carried out a number of smaller projects, such as drafting compliance guidelines for the international company’s sales activities, reworking the cooperation between the market organisation and key account management, incorporating a new remuneration system, professional visitor management and much more. Lettmann is regarded as a master of his trade and was able to use his skills and strengths extremely productively at MEIKO.

In addition to Managing Director Dr. Scheringer, the other participants, such as Human Resources Manager Beate Friedrich, Lettmanns Coachees Michael Mayer (Head of Sales and Marketing) and Sebastian Hainz (Market Manager Germany) and even the Works Council, will also find only good words to speak. Beate Friedrich concluded: “Well, at the end of the mandate, many employees even regret that he is leaving us again. With him, they felt that they were in the best of hands and that their issues were in the best of hands. Further information on the successful assignment can be found here.

Repeated awards for Interim Manager Siegfried Lettmann

This is not the first award for Siegfried Lettmann. Already voted one of the best start-ups of the year by GEWINN magazine in 2015, there have been several awards for the interim manager in the meantime, including the Constantinus Award on a Europe-wide level, which honoured his commitment to Gmundner SIHGA – also a mandate with outstanding results. How does Siegfried Lettmann himself explain his great success? “I always strive for the best results and use the latest knowledge and modern methods. In order to be able to offer this to my clients, I invest regularly and extensively in my further training. Because: “Nothing is so good that you can’t do it any better”.

Picture credits: DÖIM

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