SAF-Holland’s battle call

From the September 2011 issue.

Detlef Borghardt (48), new CEO of SAF-Holland, talks about modern-day management and the global suspension market.

Since Rudi Ludwig has chosen to step down as CEO of SAF-Holland Group GmbH on 30 June, Detlef Borghardt (48) is leading the multi-national corporation. The aspiring engineer loves fast decisions and considers speed an important element of modern-day management. Therefore it is no surprise that Borghardt did not hesitate to call out an ambitious agenda.

Despite his young age, Detlef Borghardt is no typical careerist. In fact, his career in the automotive industry began on the base level as a car mechanic. After studying vehicle design in Hamburg, Germany, he started off at Alusuisse-Lonza, learning the ropes in the product development and sales division before becoming a member of the management team. In 2000, he came to SAF-Holland and ended up working in the global sales, marketing and customer service department. He then joined the management board in 2007 and was made deputy CEO at the start of 2011. Global Trailer met Detlef Borghardt at the SAF-Holland head office in Germany.

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