Executive Board


The tasks of the Executive Board of KION Group AG include coordination of the operational units and strategic corporate management.

Responsibilities of the Executive Board members range from setting strategic objectives and agreeing the budget to managing risk and making investment decisions aimed at generating a sustained increase in the value of the Group.

Gordon Riske

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KION GROUP AG

born 1957 in Detroit (USA)

Professional Experience

Since 2007 KION GROUP, Wiesbaden (Germany)
Since 2013 Chief Executive Officer of KION GROUP AG
2008 - 2013 Chief Executive Officer of KION GROUP GmbH
2007 Member of the Executive Board
2007 - 2009 Linde Material Handling GmbH, Aschaffenburg (Germany)
Chairman of the Management Board
   
2000 - 2007 Deutz AG, Cologne (Germany)
Chairman of the Executive Board
   
1996 - 2000 KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg (Germany)
1998 Managing Director
1996 Appointment to the position of Director
   
1991 - 1996 KUKA Schweißanlagen & Roboter GmbH, Augsburg (Germany)
1994 Member of the Board
1991 Divisional Manager, Robots and Control Technology
   
1982 - 1991 KUKA Welding Systems & Robot Corporation, Sterling/Michigan (USA)
Vice President Robotic Systems Division
   
1977 - 1982 DeVlieg Machine Company, Royal Oak/Michigan (USA)
Electrical engineer

Education

1998 – 2001 MBA programme at the GSBA, Zurich (Switzerland), in collaboration with the State University of New York (USA)
1997 – 1998 Degree as Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at the Oekreal School of Business, Zurich (Switzerland)
1976 – 1981 Degree course in electrical engineering, Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield/Michigan (USA)

Bert-Jan Knoef

Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG
CEO STILL

born 1960 in Hengelo (Netherlands)

Professional Experience

Since 2005 KION GROUP, Wiesbaden (Germany)
Since 2013 Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG
2013 Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP GmbH
Since 2005 STILL GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)
2010 - today Chairman of the Managing Board (CEO)
2005 - 2010 Member of the Managing Board, CSO
   
2003 - 2004 Linde Kältetechnik Verwaltungs GmbH, Cologne (Germany)
Member of the Management Board, CSO
   
1999 - 2003 Linde AG Werksgruppe Kältetechnik , Cologne (Germany)
2001 - 2003 Member of the Management Board, CSO
1999 - 2001 Managing Director Salesregion West
   
1985 - 1999 Black & Decker Group
1997 - 1998 DOM Sicherheitstechnik, Brühl (Germany), Member of the Managing Board a.i.
1996 - 1997 DOM Sicherheitstechnik, Brühl (Germany), Director Sales & Marketing
1995 - 1996 DOM Sicherheitstechnik, Brühl (Germany), Business Unit Manager OEM
1992 - 1995 NEMEF (Netherlands), Market Development Manager Trade
1991 - 1992 B&D Hardware Group, EMEA (Belgium), Area Business Manager Afrika, Middle East, CEE
1985 - 1991 NEMEF (Netherlands), Assistant Export Manager

Education

1979 - 1983 HEAO-BE, Enschede (Netherlands)
Higher professional education in economics and business administration

Theodor Maurer

Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG
CEO Linde Material Handling

Born in 1959 in Constance (Germany)

Professional
Experience

Since 2008 KION GROUP, Wiesbaden (Germany)
Since 2013 Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG
2013 Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP GmbH
Since 2008 Linde Material Handling GmbH, Aschaffenburg (Germany)
2009 - today Chairman of the Management Board
2008 - 2009
Member of the Management Board,
Managing Director (CSO)
   
1984 - 2007 Daimler AG, Stuttgart (Germany)
2003 - 2007 EvoBus GmbH, Stuttgart (Germany)
Member of the Management Board, Vice President
and Chief Sales Officer (CSO)
2002 - 2003 EvoBus GmbH, Stuttgart (Germany)
Member of the Management Board, Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
1999 - 2001
Mercedes Benz AG, Stuttgart (Germany)
Director of "Vehicle Related New Services"
1995 - 1999
Mercedes Benz AG, Stuttgart (Germany)
Director of Marketing
1992 - 1994
Mercedes Benz AG, Stuttgart (Germany)
Assistant to the CEO
1984 - 1991 Mercedes Benz AG, Stuttgart (Germany)
Various managerial positions

Education

1980 - 1984 University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe (Germany)
Studied business management
Degree in industrial engineering
(Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (FH))

Ching Pong Quek

Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG
Chief Asia Pacific Officer

born in Batu Pahat/Johor (Malaysia) in 1967

Professional Experience

Since 2006 KION GROUP, Wiesbaden (Germany)
Since 2013 Member of the Executive Board (Chief Asia Pacific Officer) of KION GROUP AG
2013 Member of the Executive Board (Chief Asia Pacific Officer) of KION GROUP GmbH
Since 2006
Linde (China) Forklift Truck Corp., Ltd., Xiamen (China)
Chief Executive Officer
2012 - today
KION South Asia Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
Board Member
2008 - today KION Asia Ltd. (Hong Kong)
President & CEO
KION Baoli Forklift Co., Ltd., Jiangsu (China)
Chairman
2006 - today Linde Material Handling Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
President
   
2003 - 2005
Invensys Powerware (then Eaton Power Quality)
President – Asia Pacific
2004 - 2005
Eaton Power Quality China
Managing Director
   
1999 - 2003 General Electric USA (Industrial Systems)
Managing Director – South East Asia
1999 - 2003 Fuji/GE Pte Ltd.
Executive Vice President
1999 - 2002
Seabanc GE Capital Sdn Bhd
Executive Director
   
1996 - 1999
General Electric USA (Industrial Control System)
Country Manager – Malaysia, Thailand & Brunei
1997 - 1999
General Electric USA Continental Control (CCI)
Product Leader – Asia
   
1994 - 1996
General Electric USA (Drive Systems Division)
Asia Area Manager – Pulp & Paper (USA/Singapore)
   
1992 - 1994
ABB Industrial & Building Systems (Malaysia)
1993 - 1994
Department Manager
1992 - 1993
Sales Engineer/Product Specialist

Education

1997 - 2000 MBA (International Management) – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia
1986 - 1992 Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) – Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, University of Technology, Malaysia

Thomas Toepfer

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Labour Director of KION GROUP AG

born 1972 in Hamburg (Germany)

Professional Experience

Since 2011 KION GROUP, Wiesbaden (Germany)
Since 2013 Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG (CFO)
2012 - 2013 Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP GmbH
2011 - 2012 STILL GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)
Member of the Managing Board (CFO & Labour Director)
   
2008 - 2011 Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH, Essen (Germany)
Chief Financial Officer
   
2005 - 2008 Arcandor AG, Essen (Germany)
Director Group Controlling
   
2004 - 2005 Hapag Lloyd AG, Hamburg (Germany)
Director Group Controlling
   
1999 - 2004 McKinsey & Company Inc., Munich/Hamburg (Germany)
Consultant

Education

1997 – 1999 WHU – Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, Koblenz (Germany)
Ph.D. program
Degree: Dr. rer. pol.
1992 - 1996 WHU – Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, Koblenz (Germany)
Diploma program in Business Administration
Degree: Diplom Kaufmann

Management Functions


The functions of Supervisory Board, Executive Board and Shareholders’ Meeting.

Supervisory Board


The functions of the Supervisory Board and its members.

Corporate Governance


The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board are committed to responsible and transparent corporate management.