Knorr-Bremse renews leadership

German braking technology company, Knorr-Bremse, has announced a series of appointments following a shareholders meeting last month.

Klaus Mangold was appointed to the company’s Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board simultaneously elected him as new chairman. Prior to this, Hans-Georg Härter had resigned from the Supervisory Board for health reasons.

Also, Dr Jürgen Wilder was appointed to the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse with responsibility for the Rail Vehicle Systems division.

Härter had been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2012, becoming its chairman in 2016.

“I would like to thank Mr. Härter for our trusting collaboration and his great dedication to the company,” Knorr-Bremse Proprietor, Heinz Hermann Thiele.

“I send him my best wishes for a speedy recovery. At the same time, I would like to welcome Prof. Mangold as new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. His wide-ranging international experience, industry know-how and networks will make him very valuable to the company,” he said.

Mangold has significant business and industry experience with both German and international companies. From 1995 to 2003, he was a member of the Executive Board of Daimler. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TUI and holds seats on several supervisory and advisory boards, including Continental (Germany), Alstom (France), and Baiterek NMH (Kazakhstan).

In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild, Germany. From 1999-2010 he was Chairman of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations.

“I am looking forward to supporting the company during these exciting times and joining forces with its Executive Board and employees to guide it into the future,” said Mangold, commenting on his election as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse.

The Supervisory Board has also appointed Dr. Jürgen Wilder to the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse. He takes over from Klaus Deller as Member of the Executive Board responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. Since 2016, Deller has been responsible for this division while also serving as Chairman of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse. Moving forward, he will focus on the role of CEO with associated responsibility for Corporate Planning, HR, Communications and Knorr Excellence.

“In Dr Wilder we have been able to appoint a highly experienced manager from the international transportation and logistics sector to the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse,” said Thiele.

“He is exceptionally well qualified and brings to the table proven expertise both in driving the strategic growth of corporate divisions and in restructuring.

“I would like to thank Mr. Deller for his great commitment to the Rail Vehicle Systems division in recent years. He is handing over a healthy and flourishing division,” he said.

From 2015 to 2017 Jürgen Wilder (48) served as CEO of DB Cargo, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. Wilder previously held various positions at Siemens, most recently that of CEO of the Mainline Transportation Global Business Unit, where starting in 2013 he successfully restructured and expanded its business with high-speed and regional commuter trains and locomotives. From 2004 he worked for Siemens Industry (US) heading up the restructuring of the Mobility Rolling Stock business, and going on to achieve steady growth in sales and profits as CEO. In 2011 Wilder moved to Siemens in Munich, where he worked as Head of Strategy in the newly created Infrastructure and Cities sector. He studied physics at the University of Göttingen and received his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (Germany), before undertaking a period of research at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US).

(Images: Klaus Mangold and Dr Jürgen Wilder.)

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