Executive Vice President & Chief Production Officer, HARIBO of America
Arndt Ruesges is a proven business leader with more than 30 years’ experience leading multi-dimensional strategies to optimize production, accelerate growth and advance globalization. His deep knowledge of engineering and manufacturing coupled with his passion for building effective teams have led him to his current role of Executive Vice President and Chief Production Officer for HARIBO of America. Mr. Ruesges splits his time in his U.S. role in tandem with oversight of global production in the HARIBO network including 16 factories in 10 countries.
Mr. Ruesges comes to HARIBO of America from HARIBO headquarters in Grafschaft, Germany, where he's been an invaluable leader for more than 17 years. He joined the U.S. Executive Team and Board of Directors in 2019, overseeing the build and operations of its first-ever factory in North America. His recognized expertise in production, particularly in the confectionery industry, will help HARIBO's U.S. business produce approximately 66,000 tons of gummi treats every year and bring hundreds of jobs to the Pleasant Prairie, Wis. community, where the factory will call home.
Mr. Ruesges was most recently the Managing Director, Production/Supply Chain, for HARIBO in Germany, where he was responsible for leading the successful build of the company's new headquarters facility when they moved from Bonn to Grafschaft, Germany. He also led the automation of HARIBO's warehouse in its Grafschaft factory, allowing the warehouse to store and mobilize 100,000 palettes of product, an entirely new capability for the business. His first role with HARIBO was a plant manager for the Solingen facility in 2003, which at the time was HARIBO’s largest factory. Prior to his time at HARIBO, Mr. Ruesges began his career at Mars, Inc. where he worked in production and engineering for ten years.
Mr. Ruesges holds his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, specializing in automation. In addition to his native German, Mr. Ruesges is also fluent in English. He is a highly regarded innovator with a passion for people, prioritizing team engagement along with agility, efficiency and quality in all aspects of business.