Dr Thomas Cord, Managing Director of Loesch Verpackungstechnik GmbH, died suddenly and unexpectedly on 29 October 2019. The experienced computer scientist had headed up the packaging machine manufacturer since August 2017 and was a major contributor to the company’s success. The management and staff at LoeschPack and Piepenbrock Group mourn the loss of a great man and colleague.
Dr Thomas Cord began his career at the prestigious Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe. After completing a degree in IT, he became head of the Research & Development Department there, working on projects relating to robotics and automation in machinery engineering. He went on to complete a PhD on the subject of “Absolute Localisation of Mobile Robots”. In 1998 Dr Cord joined ELAU, a manufacturer of automation solutions for the packaging industry, where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2005. From 2010, he was CEO of Lenze Automation GmbH.
Dr Thomas Cord was appointed Managing Director of Loesch Verpackungstechnik GmbH in Altendorf on 1 August 2017. His enthusiasm, expertise, and great personal dedication all contributed significantly to the company’s success. Dr Cord was known and appreciated by business partners and customers for his pleasant and likeable manner, his sense of responsibility, and his determination to get things done. He will also be missed by colleagues for his cheerful, optimistic nature, his mischievous humour, and his sincerity of feeling. With the passing of Dr Thomas Cord, LoeschPack has lost an excellent Managing Director who always saw the success of a business as inseparable from the well-being of its staff. The entire workforce will remember him with respect and gratitude.