Ghost Founder Uwe Kalliwoda Retires
HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands – He is widely known throughout the industry in Europe as well as in Asia. And not only as one of the founders of Ghost, as he became one of the senior executives of Accell Group NV after this company took over Ghost in 2008. Uwe Kalliwoda has retired and says goodbye to all his relations in a recent farewell letter.
Uwe Kalliwoda’s farewell letter has been published by German trade publication Velobiz
In this letter Uwe Kalliwoda foremost looks back at his time at Ghost and says “Of course this farewell is not easy for me, especially the last days were very emotional. But I’m also looking forward to a more private life and time for cycling and skiing in the Kitzbühl Alps, where I found a new home. It was a terrific time at Ghost with ups and downs. But I am very proud of what Gull, my co-workers and I have accomplished in the last 25 years.”
Ghost take-over by Accell
Uwe Kalliwoda and his friend Klaus Möhwald started Ghost in 1993 in a small garage in Waldsassen. They turned their hobby into a job and built their first Ghost hardtails with frames and parts from Taiwan. They managed to grow Ghost to a turnover of some 25 million euro in 2007. In February 2008 the company was taken-over by Accell Group.
President of Accell Asia
Kalliwoda’s background in sourcing in Asia has led to his appointment as President of Accell Asia in 2012. This came at a time when Accell stepped up its sourcing from Asia. From Accell’s Taiwan office Kalliwoda managed the marketing and sales of Ghost, Lapierre and Koga in Korea, Australia and China next to the sourcing of parts and high end frames in China.
Accell Group’s restructuring
Currently Dominik Thiele is MD of Ghost while he, as part of this year’s restructuring of Accell Group, also has taken over the management of Accell subsidiary Winora in Germany as he has been appointed Regional Director for Accell in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.