Who we are 



Our Management

Our management

Günter Pilarsky

  • born 1937 in Grünberg (Silesia)

  • Managing Partner of CRONIMET Holding

At the end of 1980, Günter Pilarsky founded CRONIMET in Karlsruhe and is still the Managing Partner of our company today. Under his leadership, CRONIMET became one of Europe’s leading raw material recyclers for stainless steel and specialty metals.

With the foundation of CRONIMET Mining AG  (later CRONIMET Mining GmbH) in 2005 he set another milestone in the development of the group.

In 2006 Günter Pilarsky was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia. In the same year he founded the Jocelyn & Günter Pilarsky Foundation which primarily supports projects for the benefit of needy children in the Philippines and Armenia. In 2010, he received the Federal Cross of Merit. In 2012, he received the Culture Prize for International Understanding and was appointed Honorary Senator of the Karlsruhe University of Music. In 2013 he was named “Stainless Steel Manager of the Year 2013”.              



Jürgen Pilarsky

  • Born 1960 in Karlsruhe

  • CEO of CRONIMET Holding GmbH

  • Partner of CRONIMET Holding GmbH

After graduating from university, Jürgen Pilarsky studied social work at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and successfully completed his studies in 1988.

In September 1989 Jürgen Pilarsky joined CRONIMET and worked in the trading division. He has been a member of the Executive Board since 2001 and CEO of the CRONIMET Holding Group since 2012. In this position, he is responsible for the CRONIMET product portfolio and the supply chain management process. He also has operational responsibility for the Stainless Steel and Specialty Metals divisions.     



Bernhard Kunsmann

  • Born 1964 in Kandel

  • CFO of CRONIMET Holding GmbH

After completing his general university entrance qualification Bernhard Kunsmann graduated in 1992 at the University of Mannheim with a diploma in Business Administration.

His professional career took him to the Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt. Subsequent to his trainee and credit training he was employed as relationship manager for mid-sized companies at Deutsche Bank in Karlsruhe from 1995 till 2007. From 2007 onwards Bernhard Kunsmann was a member of the Executive Management for Corporate Accounts, Region Württemberg, of Deutsche Bank AG.

In July 2011 he joined the management of CRONIMET Holding GmbH as CFO being in charge of Group Finance & Treasury, Accounting & Controlling, Legal, CSR and Corporate Communication.




Annette Gartner

  • Born 1967 in Ottersweier

  • Managing Director of CRONIMET Holding GmbH

After completing her general qualification for university entrance, Annette Gartner studied garment technology at the Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences. In 1992, she graduated as a qualified engineer for garment technology. In 1992, her professional career began at CDV Software GmbH. After taking parental leave, she continued her career as Operations Manager and Project Officer in 2000.

In 2006 Annette Gartner joined CRONIMET Holding GmbH as Excutive Assistant with a focus on controlling. Four years later, she took over the project management of the SAP implementation. In her later function as Head of SAP Systems & Applications, she was responsible for numerous national and international SAP roll outs. As a member of the Management Board for the European business, she has been jointly responsible for 19 European subsidiaries since 2015.

In July 2017 Annette Gartner was appointed to the management of CRONIMET Holding GmbH, where she is currently responsible for Information and Organisation, SAP, Human Resources, and Service Point.                  

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Südbeckenstr. 22
76189 Karlsruhe

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