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Active leaders with character

As a member of the Brose managerial staff, you want to help shape the future of our company - and you are imaginative, results - focused, pragmatic and decisive. You have a commanding presence on the international stage and are very good at getting your employees excited about their work and our company's goals.


Leadership means leading the way

As a Brose manager, we expect you to be an entrepreneurial thinker driven by action and results yet with strong people skills. You value the trust our owners place in you and act responsibly on behalf of the company - as if Brose were your own business. You follow our performance principle and are committed to hard work, leadership and lifelong learning. You are aware of the example you set for others. You lead and encourage your employees. You are willing to make decisions and accept responsibility. And in doing so, you follow our common leadership concept worldwide.

Brose China Jenny Xiang conference 2015

International experience

Understanding markets, steering growth

International experience is the key to accepting leadership responsibility in a globally operating company like Brose. To develop and implement strategies that will have a global impact and to make far-reaching decisions, it is important for you to have a personal knowledge of international markets, foreign cultures and regional customers. This is why you either possess this knowledge already when you begin working as a new manager at Brose. Or you build up and expand your international expertise as part of a stay abroad at one of our worldwide locations.

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Leadership career path

Your stepping stone to a career in management

Our three-level leadership career path builds on a comprehensive qualification program. It systematically prepares promising employees for embarking upon the management career path or their promotion to the next highest career path level. It is also possible to switch to one of our other career paths later on.

Family-owned company

Stability and a long-term perspective

Naturally, we offer our managers the full package of modern social and additional benefits one world expect from a cutting-edge, international corporation. But Brose as a globally active family-owned company offers even more added value giving managers plenty of latitude to organize their work as they see fit and plan with long-term welfare of the company in mind. This includes financial independence, highly efficient organizational structures and consistent development programs for supervisors based on our solid business strategy, is driven by sound, self-financed growth.

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Kurt Sauernheimer

CEO Brose Group / Door Systems Division

Kurt Sauernheimer (57) is CEO of the Brose Group effective 1 January 2018. He will also continue to head up the door systems business division with the Door Modules and Access & Closure Systems product groups.

After graduating with a joint degree in business administration and engineering from Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Kurt Sauernheimer joined Brose as a sales engineer in 1987. From 1993 to 1999 he was in charge of the corporate group’s purchasing activities. He has headed the door systems business division since 1999.

Thomas Spangler

Central Division Technology

Since 1 July 2015, Thomas Spangler (53) has been Chief Technology Officer Brose Group (with the group functions Development, Quality, Logistics and Production Technology and the plants worldwide) with additional responsibility for the markets China and East Asia. He is also deputy to Kurt Sauernheimer.

Thomas Spangler graduated with a degree in material sciences from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg. He joined the Brose Group as a trainee in 1992 and later headed production activities at the Querétaro plant in Mexico from 1994 to 1998. Thomas Spangler was the general manager of the Coburg plant until 2005. He was Executive Vice President of Production and thus responsible for production facilities worldwide from July 2005 to June 2010. As President Brose Asia, he made a significant contribution to business development between 2010 and 2015 in the most important growth region in the automotive industry and increased turnover there from around 400 million to over 1 billion euros.

Volker Herdin

Commercial Administration

Volker Herdin (54) has been responsible for Commercial Administration in the Brose Group since 1 July 2012: Controlling, Finance, Taxes, Information Systems and Legal.

Volker Herdin studied business administration and engineering at the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences. He began his career with Brose in 1995 as a product controller at the Coburg location.

In 1996 Volker Herdin moved to Brose’s North American headquarters in Detroit/USA. Following a variety of leadership responsibilities, he took over Commercial Administration for the North America region in 1999. Herdin has been responsible for the drives business division’s commercial administration activities since 2008.

Periklis Nassios

Central Division Purchasing

Periklis Nassios (56) is Executive Vice President Purchasing Brose Group effective 1 January 2018.

A native of Greece, he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and joined Brose in 1991 as a project manager responsible for French OEM sales. In 1997, he became a customer team director supporting different automakers and seat producers and he was also deputy to the head of seat adjusters from 2001. He was responsible for the seat systems business division from 2006 to 2017.

Jörg Schwitalla

Central Division Human Resources

Jörg Schwitalla (56) took over the Central Division Human Resources Brose Group on 1 October 2016. He studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Gießen and has over 30 years of professional experience in human resources. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of executive and management board positions in international companies.

Reinhard Kretschmer

Drives business division

Reinhard Kretschmer (62) has been in charge of the drives business division since the acquisition of the electric motors division on 1 April 2008. This includes products for thermal management, drive train actuators, chassis and steering as well as the vehicle interior/exterior.

Reinhard Kretschmer studied physics at Philipps University in Marburg. He has more than 20 years of managerial experience working for leading international corporations in Germany and abroad. Before joining Brose, Kretschmer was responsible for the electric motor drives division at Continental AG.

Sandro Scharlibbe

Seat Systems Business Division

Sandro Scharlibbe (47) is Executive Vice President Seat Systems Brose Group effective 1 January 2018, and is responsible for products such as front and rear seat structures, seat components and adjustment systems for the vehicle interior.

Sandro Scharlibbe has a degree in business administration from Coburg University of Applied Sciences and joined Brose in 1996 as a salesperson. From 2010 to 2012, after having held a number of managerial positions in the seat systems business division, he was responsible for drives development/purchasing (window regulators, seat and closure systems). Prior to his appointment to the executive management board in July 2012, he was Vice President Purchasing of the Brose Group. He was head of global procurement management in the Brose Group from 2012 to 2017, which generated a purchasing volume of around 5 billion euros last year.

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