Business couple with passion and vision
Marina und Toni Meggle
At the age of 29, Toni Meggle became a co-partner alongside his father in the company based in Wasserburg am Inn, Upper Bavaria. Just a few years later he was the sole managing director. Under his leadership, the dairy, which initially operated regionally, became an international brand and a renowned group. Toni Meggle drives the company’s internationalization forward. New production sites and sales offices are founded in Dubai, Eastern Europe and Japan, among others. Toni Meggle has demonstrated his visionary outlook several times: MEGGLE is the first Western company in the dairy industry to operate independently in Japan. The MEGGLE brand quickly became world-famous and has since stood for quality, tradition and innovation. Today, more than 2,500 employees generate sales of EUR 1.5 billion; 20 companies and a sales office are part of the internationally operating MEGGLE Group GmbH.
With foresight and an orientation on the future, Toni Meggle established the foundation named after him in 2019 and transferred the company to it in order to ensure that MEGGLE will remain as an independent company in the long term. As Chairman of the Foundation Board, Toni Meggle, with his extensive experience and business sense, continues to play a significant role in the management and further development of the MEGGLE Group. His wife Marina Meggle actively supports him in this role. As Deputy Chairwoman of the foundation’s board, she is her husband’s closest advisor, supports him in all important strategic decisions and makes a decisive contribution to the positive development of MEGGLE. Together, the Meggle couple are actively and resolutely committed to the progressive development of the MEGGLE group of companies.
The corporate culture
When Toni Meggle assumed the role as sole managing director of MEGGLE, not only the company’s direction but also the company’s own culture changed significantly. In contrast to his father’s patriarchal management style, Toni Meggle relied on cooperative business management. He sees a decisive advantage in this: employees who share responsibility are increasingly committed to the development and economic success of the company in the long term. As a result, Toni Meggle established new forms of collaboration and formats such as the daily mail meeting every morning with his department heads, something that was largely unknown at the time. He initiated comprehensive seminars and training courses for MEGGLE managers and increasingly focused on the development of soft skills in his employees. Teamwork, goal-orientated work and responsibility became an integral parts of the MEGGLE corporate culture.
“Innovative strength gives us a future. Despite all our innovation, we remain what we have always been: a family business with high standards.“Toni Meggle, Chairman of the Board, Toni Meggle Foundation
Socially committed and distinguished
For decades, Toni Meggle has also dedicated himself to voluntary work in various associations and competently represented the interests of the dairy industry. Building on his personal devotion to society, Toni Meggle is a member of numerous supervisory boards, committees and boards of trustees. In 1983, the then Minister of State Dr Eisenmann awarded him the Cross of Merit with Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, awarded by the Federal President in recognition of his extensive leadership tasks in professional associations. In 1997, Toni Meggle received the Federal Cross of Merit First Class and in 1999 the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2005, Toni Meggle became an honorary citizen of Bihac (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for his commitment to rebuilding the dairy industry and the generous help for the people of Bihac and the expansion of the local MEGGLE production subsidiary. In 2006, Toni Meggle received an honorary citizenship from the city of Wasserburg. In 2022, Toni Meggle was awarded the ‘Family Lion’ business award from the Rosenheim City and Country CSU district associations for his life’s achievements.
In addition to his involvement in various associations, Toni Meggle and his wife Marina Meggle are also dedicated to supporting various non-profit associations and institutions in the region around the MEGGLE headquarters in Wasserburg as well as at the locations where MEGGLE operates. Together they support social and cultural projects as well as various organizations that promote the common good. As passionate horseback riders for many years, Marina and Toni Meggle are also committed to top-class dressage and riding for the disabled and support a number of clubs and institutions. Their dedication in this area was distinguished with the German Equestrian Cross in Silver by the German Equestrian Association (FN) in 2022.
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