01. February 2010

Margrit Harting celebrates her 65th birthday

Margrit Harting

One of the region’s most high-profile businesswomen, Margrit Harting, the Senior Vice President and Partner of HARTING KGaA, celebrates her 65th birthday on February 3, 2010.

A graduate business studies teacher born in Schötmar in the Lippe region, she has, together with her husband, led the Espelkamp-based family business for more than two decades. After graduation, she lectured until 1977 at the private commercial studies institutes run by her father, Dr. Kohlhase, in Rahden. In 1971, she married Dietmar Harting, and in 1987 joined the company as Managing Director with sole power of representation. Three years later, Margrit Harting was appointed Managing Director and Partner of the global HARTING Technology Group.

In addition to her extensive business responsibilities, she showed great commitment to the region from the outset, and is one of the most prominent figures in East Westphalia. From the middle to the end of the 1970s, Margrit Harting sat on the Espelkamp town council, she has been a member of the board of trustees of the Westphalia/Lippe University Society (Bielefeld) since 1979, and spent more than a decade, until 2001, on the board of trustees of the Ludwig Steil Hof Foundation in Espelkamp. Margrit Harting has won great recognition for her wide-ranging efforts on behalf of cultural and economic activities in the district of Minden-Lübbecke. She demonstrated tremendous commitment as chair of the board of trustees of the Philharmonic Society (1993-1997) and, since 1996, as chair of the Philharmonic Society for the Preservation of the Philharmonic Orchestra of North-West Germany. As chairwoman of the Espelkamp adult education scheme (1993-2003), she achieved great success with the theatrical association. The complete renovation and modernization of the “Neues Theater” was an outstanding achievement, which was only made possible thanks to Dietmar and Margrit Harting’s tenacity and generous donation. For 10 years, she was also chair of the Location Promotion Interest Group for the district of Minden-Lübbecke, which awards the annual “satisfaction through performance” promotion prize. Margrit Harting was nominated honorary chair upon leaving both offices. The general assembly of the chamber of industry and commerce of East Westphalia, Bielefeld, elected her Vice President in September 2006. Margrit Harting has also supported many other associations, organizations and initiatives, including church music in the local community, the Söderblom High School, the voluntary fire brigade, Lübbeck hospital and the Patsy and Michael Hull Foundation.

Margrit Harting has received numerous awards acknowledging her extensive voluntary work. In 2009, German President Horst Köhler awarded Margrit Harting and her husband the Order of Merit, 1st Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany. The town of Espelkamp bestowed honorary citizenship on Margrit and Dietmar Harting in the same year. “You are outstanding ambassadors for Espelkamp all over the world, and you support the local community with great commitment, capability and passion,” said the mayor, Heinrich Vieker, in his laudatory speech.