Holger Kunz appointed as Worldwide Services President of GRL
Granite River Labs (“GRL”), a global leader in test and certification services and automated test solutions for digital connectivity and charging technologies, today announced the appointment of Holger Kunz as President of Worldwide Services. Kunz will continue to be based in Yokohama, Japan where he will lead the continued expansion of GRL’s worldwide services business.
Kunz will leverage his deep knowledge of global testing trends in key verticals, a passion for technology testing and market access, and his demonstrated skill as a leader for developing worldwide test organizations to help accelerate GRL’s growth. The addition follows GRL’s strategic growth investment from SFW Capital Partners in May 2021.
Originally from Germany with much of his career based in Asia, including time spent in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Kunz joins GRL after 25 years in various roles with TÜV Rheinland (TÜVR), a global leader in the Testing, Inspection, Certification (TIC) industry. Most recently, Kunz served as Group Executive Council member and Global Executive Vice President for Products at TÜVR, overseeing five business lines, more than €550 million revenue, and a rapidly growing network of laboratories across the world. During his tenure as EVP, Kunz oversaw tremendous growth and margin expansion through various organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions. In his various roles at TÜVR, Kunz focused on customers in a wide range of end-markets including consumer electronics, telecommunications, medical, automotive, and renewable energy.
“Holger is a proven world-class leader, and I am very excited to welcome him to GRL,” said Johnson Tan, Granite River Labs’ co-founder and CEO. “I’ve worked with Holger for many years and been consistently impressed by his success in building technology-driven businesses and teams around the world. Holger’s entrepreneurial drive and expertise in leading cross functional organizations supporting complex technical needs make him the perfect fit to expand our service capabilities and create more value for our customers.”
“Granite River Labs has a sterling reputation for its testing expertise in digital connectivity and charging technologies, an impressive roster of globally-recognizable clients, and a strong leadership team,” said Kunz. “Following a fulfilling career with TÜVR, I am excited to partner with GRL and SFW Capital and take on a more entrepreneurial role. I look forward to helping the company serve its existing customers more effectively, enter new end-markets, pursue add-on acquisitions, and expand its technical capabilities.”
About SFW Capital Partners, LP
SFW Capital Partners is a specialized private equity firm that invests in leading Information, Software, Industrial and Healthcare Technology companies. These companies, which include providers of instrumentation, laboratory products, software/information and related solutions, provide a high return on investment to their customers and can serve a wide variety of end-markets. Our principals’ 25+ years of investing in and experience with relevant business models, technologies, competitive dynamics and service requirements gives us confidence in our ability to support management teams in growing their companies and building value. For more information, visit www.sfwcap.com.
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