"In silent mourning, we bid farewell to Klaus Mayer, who passed away unexpectedly on October 06, 2022, at the age of 57. For his family, friends, and the employees of the Mayer Group, he leaves an unimaginable gap," the team with Mayer Planting Systems announces 

Born on February 20, 1965, in Mergelstetten, he went to school in Heidenheim, followed by an apprenticeship as a locksmith in his parents' company. He then studied industrial engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and worked as an engineer at Trumpf in Ditzingen. After the early death of his father in 1993, he took over the responsibility and management of the Mayer company as a shareholder & managing director at the age of only 28. He has tirelessly expanded the company with an eye to the future and developed it into the Mayer Group, which today operates successfully worldwide.

At the beginning of this year, after 28 years, he handed over the operational management of the Mayer Group to his successor Mr. Manuel Linke and from this point on, held the office of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mayer Holding. "It was not an easy decision for me personally to pass on the management function to the next, younger generation – especially as I am only 56 years old. However, this step is exactly right for the further development of the company at the present time," says Klaus Mayer.

With his tireless efforts, he made a significant and decisive contribution to the success story of FC Heidenheim over many years. With him as President and later also Chairman of the Supervisory Board, the footballers not only celebrated promotion to the second Bundesliga but also excellent placings in this league, right up to the relegation for promotion to the first Bundesliga. In addition to the sporting successes, the Voith Arena was expanded to 15,000 seats, and the financial substance of the club was further developed. Klaus Mayer said at the time: "We are very proud, and together we will continue to go our "Heidenheim way" in the future with the same humility and hard work as before."

Klaus Mayer was a visionary, mentor, and entrepreneur through and through – fun-loving, sociable, and always with a positive outlook. Family and friends were most important to him, and he was always there to offer advice and support. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three stepdaughters.

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