Management

PALFINGER Management

executive board

Member of the Executive Board - CEO

ANDREAS KLAUSER

Born in 1965, Andreas Klauser will take over as CEO of PALFINGER AG in June 2018. Previously he was - with more than 25 years of professional experience - Global Brand President of Case IH and STEYR as well as member of the board of directors of CNH Industrial.
As Chief Executive Officer he is responsible for Marketing, Sales & Service, Human Resources, Business Development, Palfinger 21st Communications, Investor Relations, Sustainability and the Executive Project GLOBAL PALFINGER ORGANIZATION Implementation. 

Born: 14.10.1965 in Kirchdorf/Krems, Austria
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: married, 2 children

School/University:
HTBLA Steyr
University course on Export Business at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz
Foreign language: English

Professional career:
1990 – 1996 Steyr Landmaschinentechnik, Head of the export department for Steyr tractors in Italy and Eastern Europe
1996 – 2000 Case Corporation, Business Director Eastern Europe
2000 – 2006 CNH, Business Director Central Europe for the brands Case IH, Steyr and New Holland; Sales Marketing Director Poland
2006 – 2009 CNH, Vice President and General Manager Europe
2009 – 2018 CNH, Brand President with overall responsibility for the brands Case IH and Steyr, member of the board CNH Industrial


Joined the PALFINGER Group: 01.06.2018

Member of the Executive Board - CFO

FELIX STROHBICHLER

Born in 1974, Felix Strohbichler took over the management of the legal department of PALFINGER AG in 2000. He passed through several positions and divisions in the company and was last active until 2015 as Area Manager EMEA with a focus on marketing, sales and service as well as finance and controlling. From May 2015 to September 2017 he was Managing Director of B&C Industrieholding GmbH. Since October 2017, his responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer have included Controlling, Accounting, Treasury, Risk Management, Internal Audit, ICT and Counsels. He is also responsible for the SEA segment.

Born: May 27th 1974 in Salzburg, Austria
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: single, 2 children

School/University:
Law studies, including a doctoral programme at the University of Salzburg
Foreign languages: English, French

Professional career:
1998 – 2000 Law firm Dr. Nikolaus Vogler, trainee lawyer
2000 – 2003 PALFINGER AG, Head of the legal department
2003 – 2013 Palfinger Europe GmbH Managing Director
2003 – 2009 PALFINGER AG, Head of the Tail Lift Division
2010 – 2010 PALFINGER AG, Head of the Hooklift Division
2010 – 2015 Palfinger EMEA GmbH, Managing Director
2015 – 2017 B&C Industrieholding GmbH, Managing Director
Since October 2017 PALFINGER AG, Chief Financial Officer

Date of joining the PALFINGER Group: 01.10.2017

Other functions:
Member of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of Semperit AG Holding

Member of the Executive Board - COO

MARTIN ZEHNDER

Born in 1967, Martin Zehnder joined the PALFINGER Group in 2005 as Global Manufacturing Manager for the manufacturing plants. Since January 2008, he has been responsible for the worldwide manufacturing and assembly area as a member of the Executive Board responsible for Production, and since September 2017 for Product Line Management, R&D, Purchasing, Safety & Quality and the Executive Projects PROCESS Excellence and Turnkey Solutions.

Born: 18.08.1967 in Visp, Switzerland

Nationality: Swiss
Family status: Married, 2 children

School/University:
Schaffhausen Middle School
Vocational Technical High School Schaffhausen
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Diploma in Engineering Sciences
Executive MBA

Foreign languages: English, French

Professional career:
1984 - 1996 ALSTOM AG (Railroad vehicles), Project Engineer responsible for gangways between railroad cars,
Development Engineer responsible for railroad bodies / trucks, Job training in machine mechanics
1996 - 2000 SCHWAB Vekehrstechnik AG, Director of Development
2000 - 2005 KEYSTONE EUROPE AMSTED INDUSTRIES, Managing Director, production plant France, Technical Sales, Marketing and Project Management for developing a new generation of products
2005 - 2007 PALFINGER AG, Managing Director of Global Manufacturing, all manufacturing plants worldwide
2008 - 10/2017 PALFINGER AG Chief Operating Officer and responsible for the Areas EMEA, CIS, South America, Product Management and Digitalization
Since 11 / 2017 President Country

Joined the PALFINGER Group: 01.05.2005


Other functions
Member to the Supervisory Board of Rosenbauer International AG, Leonding, Austria

Supervisory board

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

HUBERT PALFINGER JUN.

After spending 15 years with various companies of the PALFINGER Group, Hubert Palfinger jun. took over the management of Industrieholding GmbH in 2004. He has held a seat on the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER since 2005 and served as Deputy Chairman of the supervisory Board from September 2008 until his appointment as Chairman in 2013.

In addition, Huber Palfinger jun. is a member of the Supervisory Board of Salzburger Flughafen GmbH and Managing Director of IC International Consulting GmbH.

Born: 1969 in Salzburg
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: married, 2 children

 

School education: Grammar school, College for Engineering

 

Professional career:
1990 - 1994 project works – PALFINGER AG
1994 - 1996 export department – Epsilon Kran GmbH
1997 project management - Small Crane Division – PALFINGER AG
1997 - 2000 profit center management – PALFINGER Krantechnik GmbH
2000 - 2002 general management - PALFINGER Tailgate GmbH
2002 - 2003 product-/area-management tailgates – PALFINGER Krantechnik GmbH
2003 - 2005 procurator – PALFINGER AG
02/2004 general management Industrieholding GmbH
10/2004 - 11/2006 chairman of supervisory board - Glassy AG
04/2005 member of supervisory board – PALFINGER AG
10/2008 - 12/2013 deputy chairman of the supervisory board - PALFINGER AG

Supervisory Board Member of Salzburger Flughafen GmbH
Manager of the IC International Consulting GmbH in Salzburg/Austria

 

Since 10.12.2013 Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

GERHARD RAUCH

As Managing Partner of Walser gmbH, Gerhard Rauch has long-standing experience in truck body manufacturing and vehicle construction and has cooperated with the PALFINGER Group in this field for decades. In addition, Gerhard Rauch is co-owner of Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co. OG. since 2016, he has held a seat on the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG and has acted as first Deputy Chairman.
 

Born: 19-07-1963 in Bregenz, Austria 
Nationality: Austria 
Family Status: divorced; 1 child

 

Education:
Business school
Master school for vehicle construction
Foreign Languages: English

Current professional career:
Managing partner of Walser GmbH
Administrative president of Walser Schweiz AG (general representative Palfinger)
Chairman of Board of Directors of Walser Zizers AG
Managing partner of Kulhay Yachtwerft GmbH
Managing partner of G.R. Liegenschafts GmbH
Co-owner of Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co OG
Co-owner of Rauch private foundation
Owner of E.R. private foundation
 

Since 09-03-2016 Member of the Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG.
Since 06-06-2016 Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG

Second Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

HANNES PALFINGER

After taking his degree in business sconomics and pursuing a career as an athlete, Hannes Palfinger spent three years working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vienna as an assistant auditor. From 2007 to 2010, Hannes Palfinger held an executive position at Palfinger Systems GmbH. Hannes  Palfinger is Managing Director of Clear Holding GmbH and of Audiodata Lautsprecher gmbH. He has held a seat on the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG since 2011 and became Deputy Chairman in 2013.

Born: 03-09-1973 in Salzburg / Austria
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: married, 2 children


School / University:
High school for mathematics, Salzburg
High school for mechanical engineering, final exam 1993
Studies of economics, final degree 2004
Foreign languages: English

Professional career:
1992 - 1999 competitive sports, athletics, sprints, four-time Austrian champion
1989 - 2001 various jobs within the PALFINGER Group
2004 - 2007 auditing assistant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Vienna
2007 - 2010 leading function at Palfinger systems GmbH

 

Other functions:
Manager of the Clear Consult GmbH in Hallwang/Austria 
Manager of the AUDIODATA Lautsprecher GmbH in Salzburg/Austria

Since 30-3-2011 Member of Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG. 
Since 10-12-2013 Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG.


Since 06-06-2016 Second Deputy Chairman of Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG.

Member of Supervisory Board

HEINRICH KIENER

Born: 24-07-1956 in Salzburg / Austria
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: Married


School / University:
Studies of law and economics in Innsbruck; specific education: Doemens-school, academy for brewer in Gräfelfing/Munich
Foreign languages: English

 

Professional career:
Since 1985 Management Stiegl Brewery; since 1990 Managing director
Since 30-3-2011 Member of the Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG

Other functions:
Member of the Supervisory Board of Schoellerbank
Board member of the Federation of Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung) as well as of its Salzburg branch Boardmember of the Federation of Austrian Breweries
Boardmember of the industrial branch of the Austrian Trade Commission

Member of the Supervisory Board

HANNES BOGNER

Born: 20-06-1959
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: Married

 

School/University:
Studies of business administration at the University of Innsbruck (Industrial Management and Business Taxation).
Training as certified auditor and tax advisor
Foreign languages: English, French, Italian

 

Professional career:
1983 – 1994 business trustee (certified auditor and tax advisor) at Treuhand Salzburg and PwC Pricewaterhousecoopers Vienna
1994 – 1997 division manager finance Bundesländerversicherung AG
1998 – 2016 member of the Management Board of UNIQA Insurance Group AG – CFO/CIO

Other functions:
Member of the Supervisory Board of Niederösterreichische Versicherung AG

Member of Supervisory Board

ELLYN SHENGLIN CAI

Born: 27-09-1986
Nationality: China
Family Status: single

 

Education:
Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Tsinghua (Accounting)
Foreign Languages: English

 

Professional career:
2008 – 2010 Auditor at Beijing branch of DTT accounting firm Since 2011 Group accounting manager at Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd

Other functions:
Vice chairman of the Supervisory Board of Putzmeister Holding GmbH

Member of the Supervisory Board (delegated by the works council)

JOHANNES KÜCHER

Born: 14-11-1963 in Braunau am Inn 
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: Married, 2 mature children

 

School / University:
Primary school and secondary school, polytechnic
Apprenticeship mechanical engineering
Foreman mechanical engineering 
Foreign languages: English

 

Professional career:
With PALFINGER since 1994 (break 2006-2011): 
1994 - 1999 Head of Materials Logistics 
1999 - 2006 SAP Project Employee (Focus/ FI/CO/MM/WM/QM)
2011 - 2015 SAP Consulting (Focus MM/WM/QM)

Member of PALFINGER works council since 2013
Chairman of PALFINGER Employees Council since 2015

Member of the Supervisory Board (delegated by the works council)

ALOIS WEISS

Born: 1962 in Lochen
Nationality: Austrian
Family status: divorced, 1 daughter


School: primary and secondary school, apprenticeship

 

Professional career:
Since 1987 tool management, PALFINGER
Since Oct. 2005: chairman of the PALFINGER Workers Trade Union Council
Member of the PALFINGER Supervisory board since March 2006

Member of the Supervisory Board (delegated by the works council)

ERWIN ASEN

Born: 22-08-1971 in Salzburg
Nationality: Austrian 
Family status: divorced , 2 children

 

School / University
Primary school in Schneegattern, secondary school and polytechnic in Friedburg
Training as quality manager and lead auditor
Foreign languages: English 

 

Professional career:
With PALFINGER since 1990
1990 – 1996 CNC milling engineer
1996 – 1997 quality assurance employee in assembly
Since 1997  quality assurance team lead Köstendorf

Works council since 2002      
Chairman of the PALFINGER Köstendorfs works council for salaried employees since 2010