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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.

The group’s strategic holding company is Webasto SE. Under its umbrella are global business units, which are active in the following product groups: Panorama Roofs, Sunroofs and Convertible Roofs, heatingsystems for fuel and electrical operated vehicles, as well as charging solutions and battery systems. Webasto has been a family-owned company since its founding in 1901.

Management Webasto SE

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; since 2019 responsible for region Asia
Arne Kolfenbach

Arne Kolfenbach

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1974: Born in Celle
  • 1995 – 1998: Studies of Business Administration at Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA)
  • 1999 – 2001: Studies of Business administration at Université de Rennes, France; Degree: Master International Management
  • 2001 – 2003: Senior Consultant Transaction Advisory at Arthur Andersen LLP, Paris, France
  • 2004 – 2010: several leadership roles at EADS / Airbus Corporate Audit and Finance in Paris and Munich
  • 2011 – 2013: Vice President – CFO Astrium Geo-Information Services in Toulouse, France
  • 2014 – 2015: Senior Vice President – Head of Finance of Airbus Defence and Space Electronics in Munich
  • 2015 – 2020: Senior Vice President – Head of Finance for the business line Connected Intelligence as well as the Digital Transformation Office of Airbus Defence and Space division
  • Since 2020: Member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer, Webasto SE

Supervisory Board

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

Dr. Rolf Bulander (Chairman)

Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart (Deputy Chairman)

Werner Baier

Gerhard Mey

Reinhard Bersch

Mirco Eschrich