Entrepreneur Peter Diehl deceased
Dipl.-Kfm. Peter Diehl, Shareholder and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Nürnberg-based Diehl-Stiftung, died on February 6, 2016 at the age of 66 after a long illness.
Peter Diehl was the second eldest son of Karl Diehl. Together with his brothers Werner and Thomas he has decisively shaped and further developed the Diehl company in the past decades. He felt particularly associated with the group's metal activities – the company's nucleus and core business. Beyond the Diehl group, Peter Diehl was also very successfully engaged as an entrepreneur in the metal industry. It is due above all to his expertise that – in addition to its traditional product range – Diehl Metall now also has a fully integrated value-adding chain of future-oriented metal-plastic compound systems for electronic and electrotechnical applications from a single source. Like his father, he was always characterized by unshakable optimism, an impressive knowledge of the human nature and a special sense of trends, not only in the metal markets.
Peter Diehl was born on March 12, 1949 in the Upper Franconian town of Münchberg as son of Karl Diehl and Irmgard Diehl, née Schoedel. Having gained higher education entrance qualification in Switzerland, he studied business administration, graduated in 1975, and joined the Diehl company and Süddeutsches Metall-Kontor on September 1, 1976. There, he intensively studied, as desired by his father, all aspects of metal trade and metal processing. From 1983 until his appointment to the company's Executive Board (as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board after the change of name in 1998), he headed the marketing and sales activities of the then metal division. Furthermore, he was Managing Director and Shareholder of Feindrahtwerke Edelhoff in Iserlohn and, later on, owner of a number of very successful companies which he integrated into the Diehl group's Metall Corporate Division.
As a successful family entrepreneur, Peter Diehl summarized his credo in one sentence: "Three things are important for success: first, the people; second: the people again; and third: liquidity. This sound combination of social competence and cost awareness was always important to him. Together with his brothers, Peter Diehl has successfully developed their parents' and grandparents' heritage and also early involved the family's next generation in the company. The company will miss his farsightedness and excellent entrepeneurial expertise. We will honor his memory.