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“Focusing on the Individual”

Laurens Spethmann was just 23 years old when in 1953, having completed school and commercial training, he took over the helm of the Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft from his grandfather. Together with his wife Marianne he succeeded in expanding and developing the company into one of the most thriving tea suppliers in Germany. Asked about the secret of his success Spethmann once replied: “The people in the business – collectively they make things happen”. With this conviction anchored deep in his heart, in 1991 he and his wife founded the “Spethmann Stiftung”, a foundation sponsoring children’s and youth aid projects as well as supporting people with disabilities. Laurens Spethmann saw the foundation’s work as a way of thanking both the region and its people for their continuous and important contribution to the success of the Laurens Spethmann Holding. Today, chairman of the LSH supervisory board Michael Spethmann heads the foundation.

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