Knorr-Bremse taps strategic talent pool

The Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse has appointed a new Chairman of the Executive Board.

Dr Jan Michael has taken the position by unanimous appointment for a period of three years, effective 1 January 2021.

The Supervisory Board also decided to extend the appointment of Dr Jürgen Wilder, member of the Executive Board and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division, by five years, setting the course for long-term and future-oriented alignment of this division.

“I am delighted that in Dr Mrosik we have gained a highly experienced manager who has extensive expertise in the management of complex corporate units at Siemens”, said Prof Dr Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse.

“In addition to his experience in strategic and operational management, Dr Mrosik has a distinct expertise especially in the areas of automation and digitisation. The Supervisory Board is convinced that Dr Mrosik, together with the successful Knorr-Bremse Executive Board team, will lead the company into the future.”

Dr Mrosik was most recently Chief Operating Officer of the Digital Industries (DI) division of Siemens AG with global sales of around €16 billion and 76,000 employees. Dr Mrosik studied at the RWTH Aachen University and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He received his doctorate in engineering from the same university.

“I am very much looking forward to the new tasks at Knorr-Bremse,” said Dr Mrosik. “It is a great company with high strategic potential, both in rail and commercial vehicles. We have the best prerequisites to expand our market position globally. With my special experience I will drive forward the digitalisation in particular.”

The Supervisory Board also decided to extend the contract of Dr Jürgen Wilder, member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse since 2018 and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division (RVS), early for five years with effect from 1 September 2021.

“During his term of office to date, Dr Wilder has made a major contribution to his division,” said Dr Mangold. “With this decision, we are ensuring that Dr Wilder will continue to actively translate the special challenges in the growth market of mobility into successful business models for Knorr-Bremse in the future. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with him.”

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