CEO – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (SINCE JUNE 1, 2018)
Born in 1965, Andreas Klauser began his career at STEYR Landmaschinentechnik in Upper Austria. He was responsible for the integration of twelve brands and nine business units in Turin, Italy, as the COO of CNH Industrial for the EMEA region until 2015. Most recently, Klauser was a member of the CNH Industrial board of directors based in the USA and Global Brand President of Case IH and STEYR. Andreas Klauser has been Chief Executive Officer of PALFINGER AG since June 2018. In this capacity, his responsibilities include Sales & Service, Business Development, P21st/Digital Transformation, Human Resources, Marketing & Communication, Sustainability, and Investor Relations. Andreas Klauser is also chairman of the supervisory boards of CTI Holding AG and Trivest AG.
Born: 14.10.1965 in Kirchdorf/Krems, Austria Nationality: Austrian Family status: married, 2 children
University course on Export Business at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz Foreign language: English
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
Since June 2018 PALFINGER AG, Chief Executive Officer
Joined the PALFINGER Group: 01.06.2018
CFO – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (SINCE OCTOBER 1, 2017)
Born in 1974, Strohbichler became head of PALFINGER’s Legal department in 2000. He went on to hold numerous executive positions in several areas of the PALFINGER Group, most recently that of EMEA Area Manager in charge of Marketing, Sales and Service, and Finance and Controlling. From May 2015 to September 2017 Strohbichler was managing director of B&C Industrieholding GmbH. In his capacity as CFO of PALFINGER AG, he has been responsible for the areas of Controlling, Accounting,Tax, Treasury, Legal, Risk Management, Internal Auditing, Compliance, Counsels, Sales & Operations Planning, Process and Quality Management, and Information and Communications Technology since October 2017.
Born: May 27th 1974 in Salzburg, Austria Nationality: Austrian Family status: single, 2 children
Law studies, including a doctoral programme at the University of Salzburg Foreign languages: English, French
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
COO – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (SINCE JANUARY 1, 2008)
Born in 1967, Martin Zehnder began his career at Alstom Schienenfahrzeuge AG in 1994. From 2000 to 2005 he was managing director of development and production at Keystone Europe in France. In 2005, Zehnder took charge of all production facilities in the PALFINGER Group as Global Manufacturing Manager. In 2008, he was appointed to Chief Operating Officer and has been responsible for the segments Operations, Product Line Management and Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
Nationality: Swiss Family status: Married, 2 children
Schaffhausen Middle School
Vocational Technical High School Schaffhausen
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Master of Science in Engineering
University Berlin, Executive MBA
Foreign languages: English, French
1994 - 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
2005 - 2007 PALFINGER AG, Managing Director of Global Manufacturing, all manufacturing plants worldwide
Since January 2008 PALFINGER AG, Chief Operating Officer
Joined the PALFINGER Group: 01.05.2005
Member to the Supervisory Board of Rosenbauer International AG, Leonding, Austria
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
1990 - 1995 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
1995 - 1999 University of Zurich, Faculty of Economics
2000 - 2001 University of Zurich, Swiss Banking Institute Foreign languages: English, French
1994 - 1999 UBS AG, Zurich (formerly SBG): Project manager for IT organization and IT rollout
1998 - 2003 Dr. Sita Mazumder Consulting, Zurich: 1st own consulting firm
Swiss Federal Banking Commission (SFBC), Berne (2004) (now FINMA): Project Manager Supervision of Banks and Securities Dealers Division
2011 - 2017 comexperts AG, Wallisellen: Senior Partner for Crisis Management and Crisis Communication
Since 07-04-2021 Member of the Supervisory Board at PALFINGER AG
Since 2002 Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University: PostDoc/(Visiting) Fellow
Since 2004 ExpertSuisse (formerly Swiss Academy of Accountancy): Lecturer
Since 2005 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: Professor of Computer Science and Economics Co-Head Algorithmic Business Research Team (AI/ML); Head International Relations
Since 2005 PURPLE Consult GmbH, Herrliberg: 2nd own consulting firm
Since 2014 Hiltl AG, Zurich (restaurant group, CHF 30 million revenue, family-owned): Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Digital Committee
Since 2016 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: Professor of Computer Science and Economics Artificial Intelligence/Algorithmic Business; Fintech et al.
Since 2016 Luxembourg School of Business: Professor for Business and IT
Since 2017 Clientis AG, Berne (regional banking group, 14 billion CHF AuM): Member of the Board of Directors, Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Member of the Digitalization Committee
Since 2018 Federal Electricity Commission ElCom, Berne (regulator of the Swiss electricity market): Member of the Commission, Chair of the Market Surveillance Committee (since 2020), Prices and Tariffs (2018/2019), Digital Expert
Since 2019 Josef Manner & Comp. AG; Vienna (Food, EUR 220 million revenue, listed): Member of the Supervisory Board, Chair of the Digitalization Committee
Born: 20-06-1959 Nationality: Austrian Family status: Married
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
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
Member of the Supervisory Board of Niederösterreichische Versicherung AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of Oberbank AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of BKS Bank AG
Member of the Supervisory Board of Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg AG
Isabel Rohr has been working in the area of human resources for 30 years. After working for Badische Stahlwerke GmbH, BMW Rolls-Royce, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Koelnmesse and GETRAG FORD, she made a move to the BENTELER Group in 2009. Initially as VP Human Resources at BENTELER Automotive, then in 2011 as VP Corporate Human Resources at BENTELER AG. In 2016, she became the Chairperson of the Group with around 30,000 employees and sales of EUR 8 billion. In this function, Isabel Diaz Rohr is responsible for HR, IT, and communication.
Born: 1967 in Mayen Citizenship: Germany / Spain Family status: married
Ms Cai was elected to the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG on the basis of a syndicate agreement between Industrieholding GmbH on the one hand and Sany Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. and Sany Europe GmbH on the other. According to this agreement, Sany Europe GmbH has the right to nominate one person for election to the Supervisory Board of PALFINGER AG.
Born: 27-09-1986 Nationality: China
Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Tsinghua (Accounting) Foreign Languages: English
2008 – 2010 Auditor at Beijing branch of DTT accounting firm Since 2011 Group accounting manager at Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd
Secretary of the Board and Director of Securities Office of SANY HEAVY INDUSTRIES Co., Ltd.
Member of the Supervisory Board of Putzmeister Holding GmbH
Member of the Supervisory Board (delegated by the works council)
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
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)