At the age of 56 the visionary Klaus Lenhart passed away in Kircheim/Teck, Germany, in a tragic air accident caused by mechanical failure. He leaves behind his wife and two adult children.
In the company founded by his parents, Lenhart served his apprenticeship as a toolmaker. At 19 years old he took over management of the company together with his older sister (21 years old) and brother (23 years old). In 1984 he took control of the company as sole managing director together with his wife, Waltraud, and set his goal to establish Leki as a global technology and market leader.
Lenhart will be remembered for the countless innovations and patents he developed in the field of trekking poles, ski poles and glove systems through the Leki brand.