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 Director of 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

Dipl.-Kfm. Alfred Goll – Member of the Management Board Human Resources, Spokesman of the Management Board

Dipl.-Kfm. Alfred Goll

‘A successful company like ours needs the best minds, and does so at all levels and in all departments. Identifying these and integrating them with the company is at the focus of our activities. This applies today as well as to the future.

Over and above this, there is a need to keep the company and its employees fit for the future, particularly against the backdrop of forthcoming far-reaching changes – for example in society, due to demographic change, globalisation, and also due to digitisation etc. – and to prepare it for the changes.’

Born on 17 October 1956 in Zweibrücken, Germany

Training and education

  • Studied business management at the University of Saarbrücken and the University of Trier
  • Major field of study: Human resources / organisation
  • Final qualification: Business studies graduate

Professional career

Positions held so far in the Festo Group:

Since 2016 Director of Human Resources and spokesman of the Management Board
2013-2016 Director of Human Resources
2010-2013 Director of Human and Intellectual Resources, Director of Information Systems and Processes  
2008-2010 Director of Human and Intellectual Resources
   
2007-2008 Executive Vice President HR of Nycomed GmbH in Constance as head of HR, IT as well as Sites and Facility Management
1999-2007 Personnel Managing Director and Head of Personnel (Industrial Relations Director) with additional responsibility for Information and Communication Technology as well as Sites and Facility Management of Nycomed GmbH in Constance
1997-1999 Personnel Director of Nycomed GmbH in Constance (formerly ALTANA Pharma AG, formerly Byk Gulden Lomberg Chemische Fabrik GmbH)
1991-1997 Returned to Carl Schenk AG as Head of Personnel, Social Affairs and Training
1989-1991 Head of Personnel and Social Affairs, General Organisation at Mauserwerke GmbH in Brühl
1986-1989 Head of Personnel Management and Social Affairs, Deputy Head of Personnel at Carl Schenck AG in Darmstadt
1984-1986 Assistant to the Head of Personnel and Personnel Officer at Behringwerke AG in Marburg

Memberships / committee work

  • Member of the board of Südwestmetall employers’ association
  • Executive committee member of the Saarland metal and electrical industries association – ME Saar
  • Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry plenary and district committee
  • Member of the board of trustees of the DHBW foundation (Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University)
  • Member of the university council at Reutlingen University

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 Director of 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 Dirk Erik Loebermann – Member of the Management Board Operations

Dr. Dirk Erik Loebermann

‘Markets, technologies, supply networks and the requirements and needs of our customers in general are constantly developing and doing so with considerable speed. Speed, flexibility and the ability to adapt are the critical factors towards being successful as a company in the long run.

My aim is that this is precisely what we do as Festo: to be faster, more flexible and more able to adapt than the market so as not only to impress our customers but to surprise them.’

Training and education

  • Studied mechanical engineering / production management at RWTH Aachen
  • Postgraduate course in business management at MIT (USA)
  • Executive MBA at Ivey Business School (Canada)
  • Final qualification: PhD in business management and logistics

Professional career

Positions held so far in the Festo Group:

Since 2016 Director of Operations
   
2005-2016 Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG: Member of Operations Management
2002-2005 Sumitomo DEMAG Plastics Group: Head of Global Operations
1997-2002 HUSKY Injection Molding Systems Ltd.: Head of Supply Chain/Operations (Canada, USA and Luxembourg)
1995-1997 Thyssen Krupp Elevators AG: Head of International Factory Planning (China, Hungary and USA)
1994-1995 Thyssen Krupp AG/Thyssen Budd Automotive Inc. (USA): Investment Planning and R & D Controlling
1989-1993 Research associate RWTH Aachen, MIT (USA)
1986-1988 Reserve officer

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 Director of 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

Supervisory Board

Prof. Dr-Ing. Klaus Wucherer
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 Friedrich Eichiner

Dr h.c. Lars Pettersson

Prof. Dr-Ing Gunther Reinhart 

Dr Martin Sorg

Dipl.-Kfm. Martin Stoll

Dipl.-Kff. Christina Zügel-Stoll