Ralph and Jurgen Winterhalter have resigned as directors of British warewashing brand Classeq – but the change in status is purely down to administrative rather than operational reasons, FEJ can confirm.
‘Termination of Director Appointment’ documents were filed with Companies House on 9 May, removing both gentlemen as directors of the Staffordshire-based outfit, which is part of the Germany-based Winterhalter Group.
Paul Crowley, marketing development manager at Winterhalter, said the resignations did not indicate any structural change to the company and that both executives remain wholly operational within Classeq as well as shareholders in the business.
“The resignation of directorships were as a result of complexities with German law around multiple directorships, in line with how directors and companies are structured. It is not as a result of pulling away from the business, hence there has been no formal announcement,” he explained.
Mr Crowley said it was therefore ‘business as usual’ for the brand, which last year moved into a state-of-the-art manufacturing centre in Stafford that was officially opened by the Winterhalters (main image).
“In essence, this is down to formalities and accountancy advice rather than operational or ownership change. They are both still shareholders in the business and there is absolutely no change in their commitment to Classeq,” added Mr Crowley.
Jurgen and Ralph Winterhalter remain listed on Companies House as the only two ‘persons with significant control’ for Classeq. However, directors listed under ‘officers’ include David Parsons, Nick Burridge, Viktor Faller, Peter Huber, Gary Jones, David Smithson and Ludwig Weiss.