Kärcher Futuretech appoints Markus Barner as Managing Director

The extended management of Kärcher Futuretech (from left to right: Markus Barner and Thomas Popp)
The extended management of Kärcher Futuretech (from left to right: Markus Barner and Thomas Popp)

Kärcher Futuretech GmbH now has a dual leadership. On 1 July 2022, Markus Barner was appointed as the second managing director alongside Thomas Popp, who has already been leading the company since 2012. For Markus Barner, the new position closes a circle: he began his career at Kärcher Futuretech in 2007 as assistant to the management.

Markus Barner started his professional career at Kärcher in 2004. He began by studying at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. Most recently, he completed a part-time Executive Master’s degree in Family Entrepreneurship at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.

He has held various positions in marketing, sales and product management at both Kärcher and Kärcher Futuretech since 2007. In his last function as authorized signatory and head of sales and marketing, he had already been part of the management of Kärcher Futuretech since 2015.

With Markus Barner joining the management, the company is more broadly positioned and optimally equipped for further growth. “I am very pleased to take on further responsibility as Managing Director alongside Thomas Popp. With the new management duo, we are even better positioned to implement the long-term corporate strategy,” Markus Barner explains. Thomas Popp, spokesman of the management board, adds: “The reinforcement of the management board is a real benefit for our company. We will seamlessly continue the previous, trusting cooperation on a new level.”

Kärcher Futuretech develops and produces mobile systems in the field of CBRN decontamination, drinking water supply, catering and field camps for both the military and civil defence and disaster control. The subsidiary of Alfred Kärcher SE & Co KG is based in Schwaikheim near Stuttgart and employs around 140 people.