Management Board and Supervisory Board: Corporate Management at Festo

Management Board and Supervisory Board

Corporate Management at Festo

Festo is an independent family-owned company with a long tradition. To ensure that it stays that way, our corporate management is committed to meeting the needs of our customers, employees, and business partners worldwide.

Festo SE

The Management Board of Festo SE

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Borho – Member of the Management Board Finance

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Borho – Member of the Management Board Finance

“Festo should remain an independent family-owned company. That is why profitable growth and the ability to finance our investments from our own cash flow are at the very top of the Finance department’s agenda.”

Born on June 8, 1969, in Karlsruhe, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Focus: Production engineering
  • Degree earned: Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to Master of Science in engineering)

Employment History

Positions held to date within the Festo Group:

Since 2016 Member of the Management Board Finance

2013–2016 Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

2013–2016 Senior Vice President, Business Unit Electric Automation

2009–2013 Head of Corporate Customer Solutions

2007–2009 Head of Strategic Planning and Controlling

1998–2007 Management consulting

1995–1998 Daimler-Benz AG

Memberships/Committees

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the LBBW/BW Bank (LandesBank Baden-Württemberg)
  • Member of the Board of the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association)

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Oliver D. Jung – Chairman of the Management Board

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Oliver D. Jung – Chairman of the Management Board

“Festo is an outstanding family-owned company. Our mission is to secure the company’s success – in an increasingly competitive environment – and to lead it into the future.”

Born on January 26, 1962, in Berlin, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Focus: Production engineering
  • Degree earned: Honorary doctorate, Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to Master of Science in engineering)

Employment History

Positions held to date within the Festo Group:

Since 2018 Chairman of the Management Board, Director of Corporate Management and Strategy

2010–2018 Member of the Management Board, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Schaeffler AG in Herzogenaurach, responsible for production, purchasing, and logistics, BCT (bearings and components technology)

2009–2010 Member of management of the industry division at Schaeffler AG

2008–2009 Worldwide division manager for tapered roller bearings at Schaeffler AG

2003–2007 Member of the Management Board, production and quality management at Schmitz Cargobull AG in Altenberge/Münsterland

2001–2003 Head of the flatbed vehicle product line division at Schmitz Cargobull AG in Altenberge/Münsterland

1999–2001 Production manager at Schmitz Cargobull AG in Altenberge/Münsterland, Vreden factory

1995–1999 Plant manager in Wuppertal and foreign plants in the Czech Republic at Robert Bosch GmbH

1993–1995 Team leader at the Bühl/Baden factory at Robert Bosch GmbH

1991–1993 Production engineer at the Bühl/Baden factory at Robert Bosch GmbH

1989–1991 Production planner and trainee at Robert Bosch GmbH as part of the Bosch corporate program

Memberships/Committees

  • Member of the Diesel Board of Trustees (German Institute for Inventions) in Munich since 2015
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, headquartered in Heidelberg, since 2017
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Leistritz AG, headquartered in Nuremberg, since 2018

Dr. Ansgar Kriwet – Member of the Management Board Sales

Dr. Ansgar Kriwet – Member of the Management Board Sales

“We make our customers more productive.”

Born on July 2, 1963, in Karlsruhe, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University
  • Focus: Automation technology, plastics technology and fiber-reinforced polymers, hydraulics and pneumatics, control engineering, and system theory
  • Degree earned: Doctorate in economic evaluation of designs

Employment History

Positions held to date within the Festo Group:

Since 2013 Member of the Management Board Sales

2009–2013 Member of the Management Board Region and Sales Europe

2003–2009 Product Center Manager Valves

2001–2002 General manager of the subsidiary Beck GmbH

2000–2003 Head of the Control product segment

1998–2000 Head of Product Management Innovation

1995–1998 Market segment manager for factory automation

1991–1995 Research assistant at the Institut für Management und Technologie IMT Berlin GmbH (Institute of Management and Technology)

1989–1995 Research assistant at the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at the TU Berlin, Assembly Technology department

Memberships/Committees

  • Member of the Board of the Fluid Power Association of the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association)

Dr. Frank Melzer – Member of the Management Board Product and Technology Management

Dr. Frank Melzer – Member of the Management Board Product and Technology Management

“Festo has always stood out in the market as an innovative company with excellent products and cutting-edge technology. In an ever-accelerating world, software, electronics, and new materials are the new drivers of innovation that make many new products and service ideas possible. My goal is to excite customers with agility and innovative strength and to open up new growth markets for Festo.“

Born August 15, 1963, in Göppingen, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), Brunel University (United Kingdom), and the University of Arizona (United States)
  • MBA, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Doctorate: Dynamics of flexible multibody systems

Employment History

Positions held to date within the Festo Group:

Since 2017 Member of the Management Board Product and Technology Management

2015–2017 President, Autoliv Electronics Inc., Munich and Stockholm

2012–2015 Senior Vice President Driver Assistance, Robert Bosch GmbH, Leonberg

2004–2012 CEO, Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Reutlingen

2003–2004 Vice President Consulting, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart

2001–2003 Head of Filter Product Division, Robert Bosch Spain, Alcalá de Henares

1999–2001 Assistant to the General Manager, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart

1996–1999 Head of Advance Development, Electric Drives division, Robert Bosch GmbH, Bühl

1994–1996 Trainee, Electric Drives division, Robert Bosch GmbH, Bühl

Memberships/Committees

  • Member of the Board of ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association)
  • Chairman of the Industry Board of the German “Plattform Industrie 4.0”

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Frank Notz – Member of the Management Board Human Resources

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Frank Notz – Member of the Management Board Human Resources

“Our employees are a deciding factor for the success of Festo. That is why it is important, now and going forward, that we involve and train our employees, especially given the continual changes brought about by digitalization and globalization. At the same time, we need to impress skilled staff and inspire long-term loyalty to our company.”

Born on January 12, 1968, in Metzingen, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied mechanical and industrial engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and the Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland
  • Degrees: Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) (roughly equivalent to Master of Science in engineering), Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (FH) (roughly equivalent to Master of Science in industrial engineering)

Employment History

Positions held to date within the Festo Group:

Since 2019 Member of the Management Board Human Resources

2016–2019 Managing Director of Festo Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG

2013–2016 Senior Vice President Business Unit Customer Solutions

2012–2013 Chief Strategy Officer (Shanghai, China)

2010–2013 Head of Corporate Market Management

2007–2010 Head of Marketing Promotion

2004–2007 Head of Sales Coordination Americas

2002–2004 Manager Strategic Products

1998–2001 Head of Industry Segment Food & Packaging

1996–1998 Product manager (system planning)

1993–1996 Consultant, Syst AG

Memberships/Committees

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
  • Member of the Board of the Integrated Assembly Solutions Division of the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association)

Dr. Jaroslav Patka – Member of the Management Board Operations

Dr. Jaroslav Patka – Member of the Management Board Operations

Born on February 12, 1974, in Trencin, Slovakia

Training and Education

  • Studied industrial engineering at the University of Žilina
    Focus: Industrial engineering
  • Degree earned: PhD
  • Studied industrial engineering at the Slovak Technical University in Trnava
  • Focus: Industrial engineering
  • Degree earned: Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to Master of Science in engineering)

Employment History

Positions held to date within the Festo Group:

Since 2020 Member of the Management Board Operations

2018–2020 Head of the Global Supply Chain Management initiative at Schaeffler AG

2016–2020 CEO Sub Region Central and Eastern Europe at Schaeffler AG

2014–2020 COO Region Europe and Sub Region India, at Schaeffler AG

2009–2014 Plant manager and general manager at Schaeffler Kysuce spol. s.r.o.

2008–2014 Plant manager and general manager at Schaeffler Skalica spol. s.r.o.

2005–2007 Plant manager FAG Wuppertal

2003–2005 Segment manager at FAG Wuppertal

1999–2003 Segment manager at Schaeffler Skalica spol. s.r.o.

1996–1999 Production planning and scheduling at Schaeffler Skalica spol. s.r.o.

The Supervisory Board of Festo SE

Dr. Friedrich Eichiner
Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dipl.-Kfm. Curt Michael Stoll
Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dr. Ulrich Stoll
Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ulrich Dietz

Dr. Markus Flik

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus Helmrich

Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel

Dipl.-Kfm. Martin Stoll

Dipl.-Kff. Christina Zügel-Stoll

Festo Didactic SE

Management Board of Festo Didactic SE

Dr. Hans Jörg Stotz

Company management FDID-HSTT

„Festo Didactic is a world-leading solution provider for technical education and technical training with a strong industrial DNA. Our goal is to help employees in technical professions to keep their skills up-to-date and increase their employability. Jointly with Festo Automation, we support Festo customers to master technology innovation and drive their productivity.”

Born on April 22, 1968, in Albstadt, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied art history and philosophy at the University of Tübingen and in Chapel Hill, NC (USA)
  • Doctorate in philosophy, at the intersection between philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics and formal semantics

Employment History

Positions held so far at the Festo Group:

Since 2018: Member of the Management Board, Festo Didactic, responsible for strategy, product- and service-development as well as production, training and human resources

2005-2018 Corporate strategy, innovation management and product management (i.e. for SAP BW & MDM, Digital Supply Chain and IoT) at SAP SE, Walldorf (Germany)

1998-2005 Presales, product management and sales operations at SAS Institute, Heidelberg (Germany)

Memberships/Committees

  • Lead Expert Future of Work of the German-American and German-Chinese working of the Platform Industrie 4.0
  • Member of the Advanced Manufacturing working groups at the World Economic Forum
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of EIT Manufacturing
  • Member of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy

Jean-Michel Tasse

Jean-Michel Tasse

"For me, education and training are one of the raison d'être of our company. Education and teaching help Liberty, Equality and Fraternity to grow (DNA for a French person!), through access to knowledge, know-how, interpersonal and life skills, through the understanding of secularism and through openness to the world."

Born on March 28, 1962 in Saint-Maur les Fossés (France)

Training and education

  • Engineering degree in Automation at UTBM
  • MBA/ICG Marketing and Sales
  • MBA/IHFI Finances

Professional career

Since 01/2021 Member of the management board at Festo Didactic

2000-2021 GM of Festo France, then of Cluster FRA

1995-1999 Sales Manager of Festo France (Automation and Didactic)

Memberships/Committees

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the POLYTECH engineering school in Lille (France)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the ESIEE Paris engineering school
  • Elected member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Ile-de-France region
  • Leader of France INDUSTRIE for the Ile-de-France region
  • Ambassador of the Alliance Industrie du Futur (I4.0 French version) for the Ile de France Region
  • Member of the board of the Société d'Encouragement de l'Industrie Française (created in 1801 by Napoleon 1st) - Aims to promote industry in France and abroad. Numerous actions with African countries

Supervisory Board of Festo Didactic SE

Prof. Dr. oec. publ. Herbert Henzler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Borho

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Oliver D. Jung