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Renkus-Heinz Organization Change: Harro Heinz Retires, Appoints CFO Monika Smetona President

Christian Wissmuller • PeopleUpfront • February 8, 2022

Harro Heinz, Monika Smetona, Ralph Heinz

Having successfully navigated the challenges of the past two years and now riding strong sales and business development momentum, Renkus-Heinz is organizing for the next wave of growth with the appointment of Monika Smetona to the role of President. Currently serving as CFO of the privately held loudspeaker manufacturer and a member of the founding Heinz family, Monika will rely on Ralph Heinz, CTO, to lead the company into the future. Together, they are optimally positioned to further realize the potential of Renkus-Heinz.

Commenting on the appointment, Harro Heinz stated, “At Renkus-Heinz, Monika has worked her way up from handling Finances and HR to now maintaining the smooth running of the factory. She has become central to our organization, our culture and our continued success, and I am confident that together with Ralph, she will keep us on the same positive trajectory for the next phase of our development.”

Echoing this sentiment, Ralph Heinz noted, “Monika Smetona is the ideal candidate for President. She has the fiscal conservatism and discipline along with strengths in Operations and Human Resources. To complement Monika’s duties, I will continue as CTO to provide future-looking vision and to ensure continued innovation.”

Monika Smetona states, “As I step into this role, I walk in the footsteps of one of the industry’s most accomplished executives. I welcome the challenge and I look forward to collaborating with our strong team to forge a new period of sustained innovation and growth at Renkus-Heinz!”

Harro Heinz adds, “Looking back at more than 40 years with Renkus-Heinz, there are many current and former employees whose help was critical to get us to where we are. From the bottom of my heart, I am very thankful for their contribution, and I am blessed that both my son and my daughter are interested in the business and are well equipped to accelerate the growth, while keeping it a private enterprise dedicated to creating a better sound solution. I am fortunate that I will continue my involvement with Renkus-Heinz through my Board of Director position.”

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