Management Board and Supervisory Board

Corporate management at Festo 

Corporate management at Festo

Festo is an independent family-owned company with a long tradition. So that it stays that way, our company management stands up worldwide for the needs of our customers, employees and business partners.

Management Board

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

Gerhard Borho

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

Born on 8 June 1969 in Karlsruhe, Germany

Training and education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Technical University)
  • Major field of study: Production technology
  • Final qualification: Graduate engineer

Professional career

Positions held so far in 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 / committee work

  • Member of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems advisory board, Stuttgart
  • Member of the LBBW/BW Bank advisory board
  • Member of the VDMA Board

Dr Oliver D. Jung – Chairman of the Management Board

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

"Festo is an outstanding family-owned company. Our mission is to ensure the company's success - in an increasingly difficult competitive environment - and to carry it into the future."

Born on 26 January 1962 in Berlin, Germany

Training and Education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at Karlsruhe University
  • Major field of study: production engineering
  • Final qualification: Dipl.-Ing. (diploma/degree in engineering)

Professional career

Positions held so far in the Festo Group:

Since 2018 Chairman of the Management Board, Member of the Management Board Corporate Management and Strategy
   
2010-2018 Member of the Management Board/Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Schaeffler AG, Herzogenaurach, responsible for production, purchasing and logistics , BCT (bearings and components technology)
2009-2010 Member of the Management Team for the Industry Division at Schaeffler AG
2008-2009 Worldwide Divisional Manager for tapered roller bearings at Schaeffler AG
2003-2007 Member of the Management Board, Production and Quality Management at Schmitz Cargobull AG, Altenberge/Münsterland
2001-2003 Divisional Manager, flatbed truck production line at Schmitz Cargobull AG, Altenberge/Münsterland
1999-2001 Production Manager at the plant in Vreden of Schmitz Cargobull AG, Altenberge/Münsterland
1995-1999 Plant Manager in Wuppertal and at foreign plants at Robert Bosch GmbH, Czech Republic
1993-1995 Section Head at the Robert Bosch GmbH plant, in Bühl/Baden
1991-1993 Production Engineer at the Robert Bosch GmbH plant, in Bühl/Baden
1989-1991 Production Planner and Trainee within the framework of the Bosch corporate programme at Robert Bosch GmbH

Memberships / committee work

  • Since 2015 Member of the Diesel Curatorship (Deutsches Institut für Erfindungswesen), Munich
  • Since 2017 Member of the Supervisory Board at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg
  • Since 2018 Member of the Supervisory Board at Leistritz AG, Nuremberg

Dr Ansgar Kriwet – Member of the Management Board Sales

Dr. Ansgar Kriwet

‘We make our customers more productive.’

Born on 2 July 1963 in Rheinhausen, Germany

Training and education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at RWTH
  • Major field of study: Automation technology, plastics engineering and fibre-reinforced polymers, hydraulics and pneumatics, control technology and system theory
  • Final qualification: PhD in economic evaluation of designs

Professional career

Positions held so far in the Festo Group:

Since 2013 Member of the Management Board Sales
2009-2013 Region and Sales Europe Director
2003-2009 Product Centre Manager Valves
2001-2002 Managing Director of the subsidiary Beck GmbH
2000-2003 Head of Product Management Control
1998-2000 Head of Product Management Innovations
1995-1998 Market Segment Manager Factory Automation
   
1991-1995 Assistance with Institute for Management and Technology IMT Berlin GmbH
1989-1995 Research associate at Institute for Machine Tools and Production Technology at Technical University of Berlin

Memberships / committee work

  • Management board in the Fluid Power Association of the VDMA

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

Dr. Melzer

‘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 product and service ideas possible. My objective is to excite customers with agility and innovative strength and to open up new growth markets for Festo.’

Born on 15 August 1963 in Göppingen, Germany

Training and education

  • Studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Brunel University (United Kingdom) and the University of Arizona (United States)
  • MBA, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Final qualification: PhD in dynamic flexible multibody systems

Professional career

Positions held so far in the Festo Group:

Since 2017 Member of the Management Board Product and Technology Management
   
2015-2017 President of Electronics, Autoliv Inc., Munich and Stockholm
2012-2015 Senior Vice President of Driver Assistance, Robert Bosch GmbH, Leonberg
2004-2012 CEO, Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Reutlingen
2003-2004 Restructuring Consultant, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart
2001-2003 Head of Filter Product Division, Robert Bosch Spain, Alcalá de Henares
1999-2001 Deputy Director, 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 / committee work

  • Board Member ZVEI
  • Chairman of the Industry Board of the German Plattform Industrie 4.0

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

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Frank Notz

‘Our people are crucial to the success of Festo. As such, it is important to us now and going forward to ensure that we hold onto our employees and provide them with advanced training, especially considering the multifaceted changes that come with digitalisation and globalisation. At the same time, we need to impress the specialists and inspire long-term loyalty to our company.’

Born on 12 January 1968 in Metzingen, Germany

Training and education

  • Mechanical and industrial engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland
  • Final qualification: 'Diplom’ degree in engineering (UAS) // Diplom’ degree in industrial engineering (UAS)

Professional career

Positions held so far in the Festo Group:

Since 2019 Director of 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 System Planning (Product Management)
   
1993-1996 Syst AG, consultant

Memberships/committee work

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
  • Member of the management board of the VDMA for the department of Integrated Assembly Solutions

Supervisory Board

Dr Friedrich Eichiner
Chairman of the Supervisory Board

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

Dr Ulrich Stoll
Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Dr Markus Flik

Prof. Dr Hanns-Peter Knaebel

Dr h.c. Lars Pettersson

Prof. Dr-Ing. Gunther Reinhart

Dipl.-Kfm. Martin Stoll

Dipl.-Kff. Christina Zügel-Stoll