Heidelberg head of sales Jürgen Rautert has left the business “by mutual consent”, after the manufacturer restructured its board and its business.

As a result of Rautert’s shock departure, responsibility for sales will be divided across board members of the other divisions and overall sales responsibility has been handed over to chief executive Bernhard Schreier.

Following the restructure, a Heidelberg Services division will be created, led by new appointment Marcel Kiessling.

Kiessling graduated from a five-year tenure as head of sale in the US and will take up the new role in the New Year.

Schreier said: “We will expand our service portfolio and, in addition to our current range of services and Heidelberg spare parts, we will also strengthen our services in the areas of Saphira consumables, Prinect software and integration, and consultancy for print media companies.”

Elsewhere, Stephan Plenz will now head up the Heidel­berg Equipment division, which incorporates the existing press and post-press manufacturing divisions, as well as production of the firm’s CTP range and its Linoprint inkjet project.