The teNeues Media Group is mourning the death of publisher Hendrik teNeues, who passed away in Munich last week at the age of 67.
Hendrik teNeues was the eldest grandson of Dr Heinz teNeues, who founded the family-owned company – which now specialises in illustrated publishing - in Germany in 1931. Hendrik teNeues founded the firm’s American subsidiary, teNeues Publishing, in the early 1990s, later returning to Germany and take charge of the company, alongside his brother Sebastian, in 1999.
Health problems had recently forced him to gradually withdraw from the operational side of the business, handing over to a five-strong management team led by m.d. Uwe Kiessling, the company said.
Sebastian teNeues said: “On behalf of all my family, I would like to express my deep sadness and disbelief at the sudden death of my brother Hendrik, with whom I had always enjoyed a very trusting professional relationship, which saw us work as equals despite our age difference. We were very close friends both before and during the time we spend working together at the publishing house. We will continue to keep his business legacy alive and to build on his body of work just as he would have wanted.
Kiessling added: "We are profoundly shaken by the death of Hendrik teNeues and would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to his family. We are all committed to ensuring that business carries on as usual. The family and Advisory Board have every confidence that the global management team and staff can make this possible in the wake of this sad news. It is both our privilege and our duty to continue the life work of Hendrik teNeues just as he would have wanted."