Vebego appoints COO for DACH region
Vebego Group announces that Markus Breithaupt, currently CEO of Vebego Facility Services in Germany, is to succeed Giuseppe Santagada as Chief Operations Officer (COO) from 1 January 2024. In his new role, he will represent Vebego Group’s activities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland (DACH).
Markus Breithaupt to succeed Giuseppe Santagada
Three years ago, Vebego started a major transition from many small companies in four countries to the establishment of 11 large companies in four segments; cleaning, facility management, landscaping and healthcare. They operate as strong, independent companies within the Group framework, which emphasises on achieving impact and encouraging entrepreneurship.
Markus Breithaupt is a highly experienced executive who joined Vebego in the beginning of 2022, after the acquisition of Hectas. He has led the Hectas Group for 11 years and has been a director in Facility Management for more than 25 years. Under his management, Hectas developed into a solid and professional top 20 player in its markets.
Ton Goedmakers, CEO: “The DACH region is very important for Vebego as it represents more than 50% of our employees; a dedicated leader will ensure commitment to our growth and impact ambition in these markets. We are pleased to be able to fill this key position with a candidate from within Vebego. Markus is a well-respected, highly experienced director who did a great job in shaping our facility services organisation in Germany and Austria. I am confident that he will be able to continue to strengthen our companies and our brand in these key markets with a focus on people, clients and society.”
Markus Breithaupt: “I am honoured for getting this opportunity. After Hectas joined the Vebego Group, I have been working very hard with the team on building our new organisation: Vebego Facility Services. Looking back on a process with challenges and opportunities I am proud of where the organisation stands today. I look forward to helping make the Vebego brand an even better experience for our employees and our customers.”
Giuseppe Santagada, the current COO for the DACH region, will leave Vebego at the end of this year. Ton Goedmakers: “He has been a huge contributor to the transformation of our organisation. I am pleased that he will maintain his role in the Verwaltungsrat [Supervisory Board] in Switzerland, so we can continue to benefit from his expertise and network.”