As of September 1st, after 25 years spearheading GHOST-Bikes, Uwe Kalliwoda passed on the responsibility for GHOST-Bikes GmbH, which he founded in 1993, entirely to the Dutch Accell Group.
For two years, Uwe has been working on the company’s final transition. His goal was, at his own request, to ease out of the business at age 52 and to embark on a new, quieter phase of his life. It all started in 1993, in a small garage in Waldsassen, where Uwe and his friend Klaus “Möwe” Möhwald turned their hobby into a business after graduating from college. On only 75 square meters, these two ambitious cyclists manufactured their first 73 hardtails: They ordered frames from Taiwan, parts from all over the globe and tinkered with their first bikes every free minute they had.
When the company underwent a period of rapid growth, the Dutch cycle sport Accell Group made it known that they would like to take over GHOST-Bikes. In 2008, Uwe and Klaus finalized the sale, with Uwe staying on as CEO.
Today, some 25 years after founding GHOST, the company occupies 17,000 square meters and employs a staff of 150 in Waldsassen.
“Naturally, saying goodbye is not easy, and the last few days in particular were very emotional. But I am looking forward to focusing more on my personal life and spending more time biking and skiing in the Kitzbüheler Alps, where I found a new home. It was a grandiose time at GHOST, with all its ups and downs. But I am very proud of what Möwe, my team of employees, and I have accomplished the last 25 years.”
It is with a heavy heart that the GHOST-Bikes employees, some of them being on board since the first hour, bid farewell to their charismatic boss who always had an open ear for everyone. To his long-time friends, business partners and, naturally, his employees, Uwe said as follows for his farewell:
“I want to thank all of you for the great cooperation, for the team work, for all of us giving it our all, for the challenge, for the laughs together, for your trust and your open ear – thank you for the simple fact that working with you was more than just a job!”
GHOST-Bikes extends their best wishes to Uwe Kalliwoda for a healthy and exciting future. Dominik Thiele, CEO of Accell DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) will serve as CEO of GHOST-Bikes GmbH going forward.
Uwe, ride on.