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This list showcases the top Germany based CFO’ operating in the Industrial space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Chief Financial Officer of Evonik Industries
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About Evonik Industries, Evonik Industries: Evonik is specialty chemical companies.
CFO of PANDA
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About PANDA: PANDA uses a self-developed open source machine learning framework to address the specific problems of industrial data.
Chief Financial Officer of PHOENIX CONTACT Cyber Security AG
Axel Wachholz, born in 1970, studied Machine Building at the Technical University Dortmund. He started his professional career as an applications consultant at the family-owned Bilstein company in Hagen. He moved to the consulting company Droege & Comp in Düsseldorf in 2000, where he focused increasingly on organizational, finance and controlling issues. In 2005 he moved to Benteler in Paderborn, where he took over Corporate Controlling as well as the Special Projects unit. From 2011 until 2017 he was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the sanitation and heating company, Viega, in Attendorn in the Sauerland region. Since January 1, 2018, as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he is a Member of the Phoenix Contact Executive Board. Phoenix Contact is a global market leader for components, systems, and solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, and automation and currently employs more than 16,500 people worldwide. In 2017, Phoenix Contact generated a turnover of € 2.2 billion. In his role, Axel Wachholz is responsible for the areas of Finance and Controlling as well as Corporate Governance, Taxes, and Law.
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About PHOENIX CONTACT Cyber Security AG: PHOENIX CONTACT Cyber Security AG designs, develops, and distributes communication security components and solutions for cyber security.
Chief Financial Officer of Covestro
Thomas Toepfer is member of the Board of Management since April 2018 and the company’s Labor Director since January 2019. As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Covestro, he is responsible for Accounting, Controlling and Finance. He also oversees Investor Relations, Information Technology, Portfolio Development, Taxes and Law, Intellectual Property & Compliance. Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1972, Toepfer holds a PhD in Business Administration from Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz. He worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. and in leading management positions for STILL GmbH, Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH amongst others. Before joining Covestro he was a member of the Executive Board, Chief Financial Officer and Labor Director of KION GROUP AG.
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About Covestro: Covestro is a supplier of high-tech polymer materials.
Chief Financial Officer / Labor Director of Covestro
Klaus Schafer is member of the Board of Management since 2015. He is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Covestro and responsible for production and technology as well as all chemical production sites. Previously, Schafer was head of Production and Technology in the Polyurethanes segment, was the Country Representative in China for predecessor company Bayer MaterialScience, and Managing Director of German site operator Currenta, which provides services to Covestro at the Dormagen, Krefeld-Uerdingen and Leverkusen sites. Born in Bruehl, Germany, in 1962, Schafer studied physics at the city’s university. After obtaining his PhD, he worked for Erdölchemie and BP before joining the Bayer Group in 2001. Since Jun 2019, Schafer is a member of the supervisory board of TÜV Rheinland AG.
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About Covestro: Covestro is a supplier of high-tech polymer materials.
Chief Financial Officer of Spectrum Geo
Henning Olset has previously worked for IBM and been the CFO of two other companies listed on the Oslo stock exchange. In his former assignment Henning joined Staples in 2006 with the acquisition of Andvord Tybring-Gjedde ASA, where he was CFO. He holds a Master’s of Science (Siv.ing) from NTNU and an MBA (Hons) from Handelshøyskolen BI. Henning Olset is a Norwegian citizen based in the Oslo office.
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About Spectrum Geo: The Spectrum Group of companies provides Seismic Data Processing, Multi-Client and Offshore Acquisition services from offices located in
CFO and Founder of NexWafe
Frank has many decades of experienc in international operational and venture projects. As CTO and Investment Dire Good Energies, Frank invested in PV c across Europe as well as in Israel, No America and China. Frank has held po a board member and board observer companies. Before joining Good Energies, Frank h management positions in the PV industry at RWE Schott Solar, Schott Glas and Sh where he successfully launched some business areas. He worked as a resea development engineer at the Researc Julich and Sanyo Electric in Osaka. Frank is a qualified physicist and has . Science from RWTH Aachen, German studied business administration and total quality management.
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About NexWafe: NexWafe will supply high quality wafers to solar cell producers.
CFO of LANXESS
Michael Pontzen was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, in 1969. After obtaining a degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the Philipps University in Marburg, he started his career as assistant to the Management Board of Ferrostaal AG in Essen, Germany. In 1999, he joined MAN AG as a manager in Investor Relations before moving to EADS (now Airbus) in Munich, Germany, in August 2001, where he was a team leader in Investor Relations. Pontzen joined LANXESS in November 2004 as head of the Investor Relations group function. In October 2008, he became head of Corporate Finance within the Treasury group function. He additionally assumed responsibility for Risk and Cash Management from spring 2009.
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About LANXESS: LANXESS is a specialty chemicals company.
CFO of ExOne
Mr. Bader has served as Chief Financial Officer for their European operations since April 2015, bringing more than 10 years of experience in strategic planning and implementation. Prior to ExOne he has served in various roles including Financial Controller, China General Manager, Europe General Manager, Business Unit Director, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. Mr. Bader has spent the majority of his professional career within an international environment, ranging from Multi-Site-Responsibilities in Asia and Europe, management of sales staff & representatives in Europe, reporting into US headquarters to living abroad in Malaysia and China.
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About ExOne: ExOne is a machine industry company specializing in metal and binder jet 3D printing technology.
Chief Financial Officer of SLM Solutions Group AG
Uwe Bögershausen (* 1973) is CFO of SLM Solutions. From 1994 to 1999 he studied economics at the University of Oldenburg (degree: Diplom-Ökonom). Between 1999 and 2000 he worked as an advisor to the company CSC Ploenzke AG from Wiesbaden, then as a project manager at Roland Berger until 2006. In the years 2006 to 2010, Bögershausen worked as a CFO for aleo Solar AG, Prenzlau, where he accompanied the company’s stock exchanges. From 2010, he served as Managing Director of Derby Cycle Beteiligungs GmbH, where he was the Chief Financial Officer until 2012 after the stock exchanges of Derby Cycle AG. In 2013 Bögershausen joined SLM Solutions Holding as CFO and took over the position of CFO of SLM Solutions during the conversion to a company in 2014. His contract runs until June 2018.
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About SLM Solutions Group AG: SLM Solutions Group is a provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology.
Hans Dieter Pötsch
Chief Financial Officer of Porsche Automobil Holding
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About Porsche Automobil Holding: Porsche Automobil Holding is automobile manufacturers.
Chief Financial Officer and Investment Manager of Abacus Alpha
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About Abacus Alpha: Abacus alpha is an investment company centred around a tradition-steeped, multinational listed company.