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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 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

  • 1966: Born 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

  • 1963: Born 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
  • Since November 1, 2018: Member of the Webasto Management Board Thermo & Comfort

Management Board Thermo & Comfort

Christian Ader

Christian Ader

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1975: Born 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
Harald Kuhr

Harald Kuhr

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1963: Born 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
  • Since November 1, 2018: Member of the Webasto Management Board Thermo & Comfort
Heike Niehues

Heike Niehues

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1970: Born in Recklinghausen
  • 1990 -1993: Studies of Business Administration at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart in cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH; Degree in Business Administration
  • 1993 - 2000: Various specialist and management tasks in Germany and Japan at Bosch Chassis Systems
  • 2000 -2010: Various management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH in the areas of Diesel Systems and Automotive Aftermarket in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe
  • 2011 - 2014: CEO & SVP Sales, Unipoint Electric MFG Co., Ltd., Taipei (Taiwan)
  • 2014 - 2018: Senior Vice President Sales Service, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Karlsruhe
  • Since November 1, 2018: Member of the Management Board Webasto Thermo & Comfort
Horst Schmidhuber

Horst Schmidhuber

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1963: Born in Munich
  • 1978–1983: Apprenticeship in the areas of mechanical engineering and energy technology; Degree: Master craftsman
  • 1983 – 1992: Service technician at machine tool manufacturer Deckel AG
  • 1992 - 2009: Various management positions in the Webasto Group, most recently as Head of Product Development for Convertible Roof Systems
  • 2009 - 2018: Executive Vice President Research & Development and Project Management, Webasto Roof & Components SE
  • Since November 1, 2018: Member of the Management Board Webasto Thermo & Comfort

Management Board E-Solutions & Services

Dr. Hartung Wilstermann

Dr. Hartung Wilstermann

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1969: Born 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