New Management at RSG Group GmbH
RSG Group remains under family ownership following the tragic death of Rainer Schaller. Hagen Wingertszahn and Dr. Jobst Müller-Trimbusch will take over leadership of the world’s No. 1 fitness company, effective immediately.
Following the tragic plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica on October 21, 2022, in which the founder and owner of RSG Group, Rainer Schaller, lost his
life, the company remains family owned. With immediate effect, Hagen Wingertszahn and Dr. Jobst Müller-Trimbusch take over the helm of the company in the new dual leadership role.
Change of Leadership: Introduction of New Management
Hagen Wingertszahn brings his many years of experience in the fitness industry to his new role as Managing Director of RSG Group. Since 2016, he has been responsible for leading and managing the core business for all of RSG Group’s fitness brands in its home market as business manager for Germany. Prior to that, he spent almost five years as COO at the fitness studio chain “Fitness First”, where he was responsible for managing and controlling the operational business.
As CFO, Dr. Jobst Müller-Trimbusch has been part of RSG Group’s management team since 2020 and is now taking up his new role as Managing Director. Before starting his career, he studied at the European Business School and complemented his academic career with a doctorate in the field of capital markets. During his career, he held various positions at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Börse and Bertelsmann as well as a strategy consultancy. Subsequently, he worked as Chief Financial Officer at ICF Bank and later at equinet Bank.
The Future of RSG Group
Under the new dual leadership, the group of companies with its 21 brands will sharpen its focus on its core fitness business in response to the considerable heightened public awareness of sports and health that has recently emerged. In doing so, it is important to the two managing directors to give employees security and to further strengthen profitability.
“By taking over the management of RSG Group, we are both following in the footsteps of the extraordinary entrepreneur Rainer Schaller, for whom we have the greatest respect. Our priority is to ensure that we consistently continue our trendsetting and market-leading position that the Group has built over 25 years.” And further: “At the beginning, we will primarily focus on strengthening and further expanding the existing fitness brands in Germany and abroad, as we still see the greatest development opportunities here,” says Dr. Jobst Müller-Trimbusch, Co-CEO RSG Group.
Hagen Wingertszahn, Co-CEO RSG Group: “Our goal as the new management is to find the right balance between preserving the roots and further developing the company. We are fully aware of who we are succeeding, and we would like to thank the new owners for their confidence in us. We see it as our greatest task to continue to make RSG Group sustainable, future-proof and centered 360 degrees around the customer.” Wingertszahn adds, “In addition to our core business in Europe, our focus remains on significantly strengthening our presence in the U.S.”