Dr. Axel Göhler

Dr. Axel Göhler is representative of the 3rd generation running the traditional German family malting business. His grandfather Max Göhler started the company in the last century. His father turned it into a leading German malt manufacturer over the course of more than 40 years. In 2014, Göhler took over the management of the family business from his older brother.

Dr. Göhler pursued management studies in the US, Switzerland, and in Germany. He received a doctorate degree from St. Gall University in Switzerland. He researched in international business and wrote his doctoral thesis on “The Success of German Family Breweries”. For ten years, Göhler worked as strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Afterwards, he managed his own strategy consulting firm in Hamburg together with partners.

Dr. Göhler is married and enjoys nature, hunting, German short hair dogs, Arabian horses, and – last but not least – the family business with its more than 100 year old tradition.

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Berthold Klee

Since the 1st of January, 2016, Berthold Klee has started as our managing director. He is responsible for the production and logistics departments.

Berthold Klee’s professional career began with his brewer and maltster education at the Schultheiss Brewery in Weissenthurm. Following this, he studied brewing at the Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan and became a graduate master brewer upon completing these. After his studies, the enthusiastic brewer was drawn to Duisburg where he was able to gain his first professional experience as an operations controller at the König-Brauerei (Koenig Brewery). His entry into the malting industry took place when he changed companies, thereby assuming the position of production and quality manager for Mohr-Malz/Rhein-Ruhr-Malz located in Müllheim an der Ruhr. In 1996, he became an operations manager at the company Durst Malz with responsibility for the sites in Nierstein and Gernsheim.

Berthold Klee is active in various representative bodies throughout the industry and works as a maltster with “with his whole heart and soul”. He is the father of two grown children. Privately, he likes to make city trips, loves the Emerald Isle, is an enthusiastic handball fan and, besides beer, even enjoys a good whiskey once in a while.

Thomas Schumacher

Thomas Schumacher is one of the “veterans” in our team. As managing director, he is responsible for the departments of technology, research and customer support.

Schumacher’s professional career also started in his native city, Stuttgart. At Dinkelacker-Schwabenbräu AG, he successfully completed the company’s brewer and maltster training followed by his studies at the elite training grounds for brewers and maltsters located in Weihenstephan. He completed his academic training as an engineer for brewing and beverage technology. During his days as a student, Thomas Schumacher had already worked as a master brewer in charge at Liebhardts Brauhaus (brewery) near Munich. These days, he regularly holds brewing seminars for hobby brewers.

He started his professional career in Bremen, where he initially worked as production manager and later as operations manager. Thomas Schumacher started at Palatia Malz at the beginning of 2007, after having briefly being employed as a malting expert for the Zimmermann malting plant located in Laupheim situated in Swabia. Today, his tasks include continuously generating new types of malts as well as expanding an international technical support system that benefits both the company’s dealers and its customers.

The married father of three children is active as an equestrian show jumper and breeder as well as enjoying playing soccer and skiing. Beyond daily work, he acts as deputy chairman of the technical committee of the German Maltsters’ Association and secretary of the Baden-Württemberg Maltsters’ Association for the well-being of the brewing and malting industry. Furthermore, Thomas Schumacher has made important research contributions in several of the industry’s scientific committees.

Thomas Schumacher