With profound sadness, Stiebel Eltron USA announced the passing of its Founder and President, Frank Stiebel

Born Nov. 8, 1957 in Gottingen, Germany, Stiebel came to Massachusetts in 1981 to study architecture and design at Hampshire College. In 1988, Stiebel  had a daughter, Ellie, and made Northampton, Massachusetts his permanent home. In 1990, he established Stiebel Eltron, the U.S. division of Stiebel Eltron, the company his father founded in Germany in 1924, to bring the brand’s world-renowned products and unrelenting focus on quality, innovation and customer service to the western hemisphere. Over the years, Stiebel grew Stiebel Eltron USA to 46 employees, establishing a strong category presence, including category leadership, throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

While running Stiebel Eltron USA, Stiebel continued as co-owner of the family-owned Stiebel Eltron Group. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Stiebel Eltron Group, constantly working on the strategic orientation of the company worldwide to create renewable energy products.

Stiebel was quirky, thoughtful and philanthropic, with a dry but hilarious sense of humor. He embodied an interesting mix of business professionalism and down-to-earth practicality — attributes that served him well while he championed Stiebel Eltron USA in particular, and Stiebel Eltron worldwide, as the more intelligent, more sustainable alternative. Stiebel was passionate about many things, including zeppelins, alternative energy, sci-fi, and psychedelic music. He will be profoundly missed by his loving family, friends, and staff — many of whom with long-standing, decades-long relationships. 

The board of directors of the worldwide Stiebel Eltron Group, in concert with Stiebel’s wishes, have appointed Jonathan Walsh, previously vice president, to the role of president. Having worked closely with Stiebel for many years, Walsh is committed to advancing the goals and continuing the values established under Frank’s leadership.