Patrick Bass Appointed CEO of the CEDES Group

After 10 successful years at the helm of CEDES, Christian-Erik Thöny hands over to Patrick Bass, former CEO of Thyssenkrupp North America and IoT Business Leader at CEDES.

Patrick Bass looks back at a brilliant career in the elevator industry. During his 21 years with TKE and Thyssen Krupp AG, he dealt with every aspect of the business, including elevator service, sales, and R&D, taking on the roles of CTO and finally CEO of Thyssenkrupp North America. Since September 2021, he has been in charge of the IoT business development for CEDES. A driven visionary and a true market expert, Bass will lead the company`s digital transformation.

Christian-Erik Thöny commented: „Having Patrick as CEO is a unique opportunity that we cannot miss. I’m proud to hand my role over to a powerful manager with such profound elevator industry experience and a former leader within a Fortune 500 company.“

During his ten years as CEO, Christian-Erik Thöny has successfully guided CEDES to a new level of leanness and efficiency. Highlights include the foundation of two new subsidiaries, introducing a new generation of 3D sensors, positioning CEDES as market leader for industrial door safeguarding with the acquisition of VITECTOR and, most recently, kicking off the company`s IoT journey. He will stay with CEDES full time until the end of this year, actively supporting the new CEO during the transition period. Starting 2024, Thöny will keep his ties to the company as President of the Board, Member of the Advisory Board and consultant for special projects.

“Christian has laid solid foundations for future growth and I`m excited to take over a company with such potential”, said Patrick Bass. “CEDES holds a special place in my heart with over a 25-year relationship. I am honored to take over a company with such a talented group of people – it is the CEDES people who have and will continue to make the difference.”

Passionate about cars and Formula 1 racing, Bass is planning to shift CEDES into the next gear and significantly accelerate the company`s growth in the next three years.


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