Harald Arthur Poensgen

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Harald Arthur Poensgen (born March 1, 1897 in Düsseldorf ; † November 22, 1987 in Rückersdorf , Middle Franconia ) was a German export merchant and entrepreneur.

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Harald Poensgen came from the well-known Düsseldorf industrialist family Poensgen , which originated in the Schleiden area in the Eifel . He was the son of the industrialist Arthur Poensgen (1866-1944) and Wanda Else Jaeger (1877-1945) and the nephew of Carl Rudolf Poensgen . After finishing school he took part in the First World War as a war volunteer . He then began an apprenticeship as an export merchant in Hamburg and then studied at the commercial college in Munich.

Subsequently, Poensgen gained his first professional experience and from 1925 was taken on in a managerial position at Bayerische Elektro Zubehör AG in Lauf an der Pegnitz . After having survived the Second World War , he merged with Jakob Ellenberger in 1948 and together they founded Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH in Altdorf near Nuremberg for the production of electrical circuit breakers . Poensgen was part of the management until 1983, where he was mainly responsible for sales and international business. In 1955 he initiated the expansion into the United States and two years later to Canada , thus laying the foundation for the future of the company, which has since been renamed ETA Elektrotechnische Apparate GmbH and is still a globally operating family company today. Both his son Carl Horst Poensgen and his grandson Philipp Poensgen were also members of the management for many years.

Harald A. Poensgen was married to Gerda Charlotte von Stein for the first time and to Katharina Rosina Büttner for the second time.


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