Would you like to get to know our co-CEO a bit better? Max Viessmann recently sat down with the German Markt & Mittelstand publication to answer 13 questions. We’ve translated and reproduced them here:
Since 2017, Maximilian Viessmann has been managing the family-owned company of the same name as co-chief executive officer, where he represents the fourth generation. Previously, the 32-year-old industrial engineer managed the group's digital business and worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.
The Viessmann Group was founded in 1917 and specialises in heating and air conditioning technology. The company employs 12,700 employees worldwide. Its headquarters are in Allendorf in Hesse, Germany.
Someone who has the courage to take responsibility. For themselves and for their team, their colleagues and for future generations.
Let me put it the other way round: a lively entrepreneurial spirit as well as the will to break new ground and not to rest on one's laurels, for me, are the essential factors for every successful entrepreneur.
The success of our company is based on 12,700 family members and several thousand partners (mostly installers of our products) worldwide. Due to the extraordinary commitment of all involved, our company has developed very positively. I am very proud of this. I am happy to leave a scale evaluation to others.
Perfectionism per se. Setbacks are part of it and make you strong. They give you strength if you learn from them and implement the consequences.
The global pandemic. Because a crisis shows who you really are, and not who you want to be.
The connection between origins and the future. Because only in combination can we build on the strength of several generations and strengthen our strengths.
Contacts with people who have a similar understanding of values, but completely different perspectives.
It's quite clear: I wouldn't take another entrepreneur with me, but the 12,700-strong Viessmann family. So it has to be a big island.
The claim that climate protection depends on technological possibilities. This is wrong because the necessary technologies already exist. Climate protection is a question of responsibility and will!
Meditation and sport in the morning, teamwork with colleagues during the day, rest with the family in the evening. Being physically fit, mentally focussed and emotionally balanced through routine is the basis of long-term success.
Being a family entrepreneur is not a job, but a vocation. I have only borrowed responsibility for the company from the generations to come.
I am lucky to have a wonderful family and to run a company that creates living spaces for future generations. I think it would be presumptuous to want to find greater fulfilment.
It coincides with the purpose of the company: We create living spaces for generations to come.