PALFINGER Management

executive board



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, Digital Transformation, 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

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

Since June 2018 PALFINGER AG, Chief Executive Officer

Joined the PALFINGER Group: 01.06.2018



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, Risk Management, Internal Auditing, Compliance, Sales & Operations Planning, Process and Quality Management, and Information and Communications Technology since October 2017.

Born: 27.05.1974  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

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


Alexander Susanek

Born in 1975, Alexander Susanek started his career in 2005 at MAN Trucks & Bus SE in Munich. Having held various specialist and management positions, he managed the heavy truck assembly plant in Niepolomice, Poland, from 2011 to 2014 as General Manager.

In 2014 he moved to the BMW Group. Following his work as Head of Prototype Car Construction in Munich and Assembly Manager at the Regensburg plant, he took over management of the world’s largest BMW Group engine plant in Steyr in 2020 as Managing Director of BMW Motoren GmbH. Since November 2022, he has been responsible for worldwide engine production at BMW Group.

In July 2023, Alexander Susanek joined PALFINGER AG as COO. In this capacity, his responsibilities include Operations, Product Line Management, Research & Development, Procurement, as well as Supply Chain Management.

Born: 12.08.1975 in Munich, Germany
Nationality: Germany
Family Status: Married, 3 children

Foreign Languages: English, Italian, French, Polish


Master’s degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Technical University of Munich
PhD in Economics at University of Munich

Professional Career:

2005 – 2006 MAN Truck & Bus SE, Head of Investment Management and Assistant to the Board Member Production
2006 – 2009 MAN Trucks & Bus SE, Head of Plant Network Strategy
2009 – 2011 MAN Trucks & Bus SE, Head of Work Structures and Central Services, Munich Plant
2011 – 2014 MAN Trucks Sp. z o.o., General Manager and Plant Manager, Niepolomice / Krakow, Poland
2014 – 2017 BMW Group, Head of Prototype Car Construction
2017 – 2019 BMW Group, Head of Assembly, Plant Regensburg
2020 – 2022 BMW Group, Managing Director, BMW Motoren & BMW Austria Holding and Plant Manager Steyr
2022 – 2023 BMW Group, Head of Engine Production
since July 2023 PALFINGER AG, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Joined the PALFINGER Group: July 1, 2023


Maria Koller

Born in 1972, psychologist Maria Koller began her professional career in 1998 as an HR expert at Alcatel in Austria. This was followed by a move to NextiraOne in Stuttgart, working as Human Resources Director for Germany from 2002.

From 2004 to 2006, she acquired international experience in Paris as the Human Resources Director for Europe at Platinum Equity, the owner of NextiraOne. In 2007, she took over senior HR functions in the Danaher Group in the UK and Germany before moving to Magna in Germany in 2014 to assume roles that included Vice President HR Global Interiors. In 2017 she took over as Executive Vice President Global HR at JENOPTIK AG.

Since January 2024 Maria Koller has been CHRO (Chief Human Resources Officer) at PALFINGER AG. Besides Human Resources she is responsible for legal affairs.

Born:                                    23.01.1972 in Vienna, Austria
Nationality:                         Austrian
Family Status:                    Married, 1 child


Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Human Resources, University of Vienna

Foreign Languages: English, Russian, French

Professional Career:

1998 – 2000 ALCATEL Austria, Human Resources Manager
2000 – 2002 ALCATEL e-business GmbH, Human Resources Director & Communications
2002 – 2004 NextiraOne, Human Resources Director Germany
2004 – 2006 Platinum Equity (owner of NextiraOne), Human Resources Director Europe
2007 – 2009 Danaher Sensors & Controls, Danaher Corporation, Human Resources Director Europe
2009 – 2014 Leica Microsystems, Danaher Corporation, Human Resources Director EMEA
2014 – 2017 Magna – Magna Interiors, HR Director HR Programs and HR Director Germany
Magna Interiors Global, VP Human Resources
2017 – 2023 JENOPTIK AG, Executive Vice President Global HR
since January 2024 PALFINGER AG, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Joined the PALFINGER Group: 08.01.2024

Supervisory board

Chairman of the Supervisory Board


After spending 15 years with various companies of the PALFINGER Group, Hubert Palfinger 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.


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

Honorary Consul for the Croatian Consulate 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


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


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

Sita Monica Mazumder

Born: 30-04-1970  
Nationality: Swiss

School / University:

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


Professional career:

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

Other functions:

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

Member of the Supervisory Board


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


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 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 Diaz Rohr

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


1973 – 1977 German School Bilbao, Spain
1977 – 1986 A.-Martmoeller-Gymnasium, Witten: Abitur
1986 – 1990 Ruhr-University Bochum: Degree Psychologist

Professional Experience:

09/90–05/93 Badische Stahlwerke – Human Resources Development Consultant

06/93–12/98 BMW Rolls-Royce – Human Resources Manager for the Dahlewitz Location (1,000 emp.) – Consultant Human Resources Development (06/93–09/96)

01/99–12/99 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer – Human Resources Manager Sales and Marketing

01/00–03/03 Koelnmesse, approx. 500 employees, 200 million - Sales VP Human Resources

04/03–10/09 GETRAG FORD, approx. 5,000 employees (not including China), EUR 1 billion Sales – Human Resources und Corporate Communications Management

As of 11/2009 BENTELER Gruppe, approx. 30,000 employees, EUR 8 billion Sales

11/09–12/10 BENTELER Automotive – VP Human Resources

01/11–12/15 BENTELER International AG – VP Corporate Human Resources

As of 01/16 BENTELER International AG – Chairperson HR, IT und Communication

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


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)


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


Carina Weindl

Born:                                   20-02-1991 in Salzburg, Austria
Nationality:                       Austrian
Family Status:                  single


Primary and secondary school in Lochen, polytechnic school in Mattighofen, vocational school in Braunau am Inn and examination at WIFI

Foreign languages:  English

Professional career:

With PALFINGER since 2006

2006 – 2009                         Apprenticeship industrial clerk, Lengau site

2009 – jetzt                          Procurement logistics, Köstendorf site


Works council for salaried employees since 2014