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Structure & management

Webasto is a globally active group of companies headquartered in Stockdorf, close to Munich, with over 50 locations and numerous representations worldwide.

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The group’s strategic holding company is Webasto SE. Under its umbrella are the four business units for Roof, Convertibles, Thermo Systems and E-Solutions & Services. The business units are wholly owned by Webasto SE. Webasto has been a family-owned company since its founding in 1901.

Management Webasto SE

Management Board Sunroofs & Components

Dr. Holger Engelmann (Chairman)

Dr. Holger Engelmann (Chairman)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1965: Born in Krefeld
  • 1985 – 1990: Studies of Business Management in Münster and Cologne; Degree in Business Management
  • 1993: Doctorate at the department of economics
  • 1993 – 1998: Various positions at Fichtel und Sachs (today: ZF Friedrichshafen)
  • 1998 – 2007: Various management positions at Mannesmann Plastics Machinery; ultimately as CFO of the Group
  • 2007 – 2010: Chief Financial Officer Webasto AG (today: Webasto SE)
  • Since 2008: Chairman of the Management Board Webasto Roof & Components
  • 2010 – 2012: Deputy Chairman of the Management Board Webasto SE
  • Since 2013: Chairman of the Management Board Webasto SE
Matthias Arleth (Deputy Chairman)

Matthias Arleth (Deputy Chairman)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1967: Born in Freiburg/Breisgau
  • 1989 – 1993: Studies of automotive engineering at Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Degree: Master of Engineering
  • 1993 – 1997: Project manager at Siemens subsidiary PARS and development engineer and project manager at Seat in Barcelona
  • 1997 – 2005: Director of Sales and Development and Managing Director at Magna subsidiary ACTS
  • 1997 – 2011: Various executive management positions at automotive supplier Magna International, most recently as Executive Vice President at Magna E-Car Systems
  • Since 2011: Executive Vice President of the Roof Systems business in Europe at Webasto
  • Since 2013: Deputy Chairman of the Management Board Webasto Sunroofs & Components
  • Since 2015: Member of the Management Board Webasto SE
  • Since 2017: Deputy Chairman of the Management Board Webasto SE
Freddy Geeraerds

Freddy Geeraerds

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1960: Born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1980 – 1984: Studies of Electro Mechanical Engineering, University of Antwerp; Degree: Master of Science in Industrial Engineering Electro Mechanics
  • 1987 – 1989: Studies of EMBA at Handelshogeschool / Kellogg School of Management, University of Antwerp; Degree: Master of Business Administration
  • 1985 – 1994: Productivity Studies Engineer at General Motors Europe, Zurich, Switzerland, and Superintendent Production, GM-Opel, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1994 – 1997: Assistant Vice President Manufacturing at GM Jinbei JV, Shenyang, and People & Development Manager at ShanghaiGeneral Motors JV, China
  • 1998 – 2001: Managing Director, Delphi Steering LingYun Driveshaft JV, China
  • 2001 – 2003: Director Production Control and Logistics, Delphi Energy & Chassis Europe, Paris, France
  • 2003 – 2005: Vice President Operations, Sanford Europe, Newell Rubbermaid, Paris, France
  • 2006 – 2007: Managing Director, Shanghai Faiveley Railway Technology JV, Faiveley, China
  • 2008 – 2010: Chief Operations Officer, Qtires Inc, SC, USA, and President QRT JV (Tire technology start-up), Qingdao, China
  • Since 2010: CEO of Webasto Roof Systems China, Shanghai
  • Since 2015: Member of the Management Board Webasto Sunroofs & Components
  • Since 2017: Member of the Management Board Webasto SE
Jürgen Reimer

Jürgen Reimer

Curriculum Vitae

1970: Born in Ludwigsburg
1991 – 1996: Studies of Business and Economics in Münster, Degree in Business Administration
1996 – 2000: Head of Controlling Department, Mannesmann Group
2000 – 2001: Division Head of Controlling, Firstmark & Lambdanet Group
2001 – 2004: CFO / Head of Finance, Apollis AG
2004 – 2006: Head of Corporate Controlling & Accounting, Mannesmann Plastics Machinery
2006 – 2007: Head of Business Management, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
2007 – 2008: Head of Controlling, ADVA Optical AG
Since 2008: CFO for Webasto Roof & Components division (incl. global responsibility for IT and SAP rollout of the Webasto Group)
Since 2012: Member of the Management Board Webasto Roof & Components SE
Since 2013: CFO at Webasto SE
Since 2015: Member of the Management Board Webasto SE

Management Board Convertibles

Walter Pecho (Chairman)

Walter Pecho (Chairman)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1966 in Freyung
  • 1984 – 1989: Studies in mechanical engineering with a focus on manufacturing at the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg; Degree: Graduate Engineer
  • 1989 – 1990: Designer and CAD administrator at an engineering service provider
  • 1990 – 1995: Structural engineer at Eurocopter Germany
  • 1995 – 2009: Various professional and managerial positions at Edscha Cabrio-Dachsysteme, last Managing Director.
  • 2009 – 2014: Managing Director Webasto-Edscha Cabrio Ltd., responsible for development, operations, quality, purchasing and sales
  • Since January 1, 2015: Chairman of the Webasto Convertibles Management Board and Head of the Convertibles business unit of the Webasto Group
Harald Kuhr

Harald Kuhr

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1963 in Rotenburg / Wümme
  • 1984 – 1990: Studies of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Lüneburg, Degree: Master of Social Economics
  • 1990 – 1996: Internal Audit followed by different functions in Controlling at Varta Batterie AG
  • 1996 – 1998: Head of Controlling Germany and Region Europe for industrial batteries at British BTR Group
  • 1998 – 2006: Director Controlling for the European countries of a product group at the US company DURA Automotive Systems
  • 2006 – 2009: Finance Director Europe for the business unit “Transmission Systems” at the US company BorgWarner
  • Since 2009: Member of the Webasto Management Board Convertibles and CFO of the Webasto Convertibles business unit

Management Board Thermo & Comfort

Fabian Bez (Chairman)

Fabian Bez (Chairman)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1980 in Stuttgart
  • 2000 – 2002: Studies in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich
  • 2003 – 2007: Studies in industrial engineering with a focus on vehicle and engine technology at the Technical University Fridericana in Karlsruhe, Degree: Master
  • 2008 – 2013: Consultant for the automotive and supplier industry – A. T. Kearney in London and Munich
  • 2013 – 2014: Assistant to CEO and manager of strategic projects of the Webasto Group
  • 2014 – 2016: Head of Strategy Department of the Webasto Group
  • 2016 – 2017: Head of the Webasto business unit E-Solutions & Services
  • Since July 1, 2017: Chairman of the Webasto Thermo & Comfort Management Board, Head of the Thermo & Comfort business unit of the Webasto Group
Christian Ader

Christian Ader

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1975 in Munich
  • 1995 – 2000: Studies of Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich; Degree: (Master of Business Administration)
  • 2000 – 2002: Controller at DAB Bank, Munich
  • 2002 – 2007: Corporate Controller, Webasto AG (now: Webasto SE), Stockdorf
  • 2007 – 2009: Financial Controller, Open Air Systems Italia srl, Turin, Italy (now: Webasto S.p.A.)
  • 2009 – 2014: Various positions in the finance department of Webasto Roof & Components SE and Webasto SE, Stockdorf; ultimately Director Controlling & Reporting of Webasto Group
  • 2014 – 2018: CFO Sunroofs & Components China, Shanghai
  • Since 2018: CFO Webasto Thermo & Comfort SE and member of the Management Board Webasto Thermo & Comfort

Management Board E-Solutions & Services

Dr. Hartung Wilstermann

Dr. Hartung Wilstermann

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1969 in Heidelberg
  • 1990 – 1995: Studies of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Fridericiana in Karlsruhe; Degree: Master of Electrical Engineering
  • 1998: Industry-sponsored PhD in the field of ignition systems for combustion engines at Daimler AG, gained at the Technical University of Karlsruhe
  • 1999 – 2009: Various specialist and management positions at Daimler AG, Stuttgart, including development of drive electronics, start-stop system and hybrid system integration
  • 2009 – 2016: Member of the Management Board of ACCUmotive GmbH & Co. KG (wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG), responsible for development and program management of high voltage battery systems for automotive and stationary applications
  • Since February 1, 2017: Chairman of the Webasto E-Solutions & Services Board and Head of the E-Solutions & Services business unit of the Webasto Group

Supervisory Board

Here is an overview of the members of the Webasto SE Supervisory Board.

Franz-Josef Kortüm (Chairman)

Werner Baier (Deputy Chairman)

Reinhard Bersch

Mirco Eschrich

Gerhard Mey

Claus Möhlenkamp