Change of Leadership in the Aviation Division of Coatings Manufacturer Mankiewicz

Jan. 25, 2021

After 27 years with the company, Andreas Ossenkopf passes the baton to René Lang. Graduate chemist Andreas Ossenkopf has been employed by the global paint manufacturer since 1993, and headed the aviation business. Michael Grau, CEO and owner of Mankiewicz, regrets the leaving of Ossenkopf, “We are grateful for his especially motivating optimism, inventiveness and strength in realizing ideas. He and his team have written aviation coatings history in recent decades.” 

Ossenkopf is leaving the company at his own request to pursue new challenges. However, he will continue to be available for certain projects of the company group. “My heart still beats for the industry and the company, and I am pleased that many innovations and solutions of our company, such as the BaseCoat/ClearCoat system, have become firmly established during my time. I wish my successor an equally open and innovative customer base,” Ossenkopf said.

He will be succeeded by René Lang, also an accomplished chemical engineer and manager who has already made a name for himself in responsible positions in the coatings industry, for instance at BASF Coatings. “I am impressed by the product portfolio and the extremely interesting aviation market. I am sure that, together with our customers, we will quickly navigate around the current crisis,” says Lang. 

This management change took effect Jan. 1.