New Executive Board role

Boost for global R&D

Eike Böhm has been an Executive Board member and the Chief Technology Officer of the KION Group since 1 August. He heads the R&D activities.

2015-06-25

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The KION Group is restructuring its global research and development organisation with the overarching aim of becoming even stronger in R&D. Since 1 August 2015 Eike M. Böhm has been the fourth member of the Executive Board and, in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), will heads the KION Group's R&D activities as well as its purchasing and quality management. The Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG appointed Böhm to the Executive Board for a four-year term.


Böhm, who holds a PhD in engineering management, performed various managerial roles in the field of research and development at Daimler AG from 1988 onwards, eventually becoming head of global quality management for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Between 2011 and 2012 he was in charge of product innovation and process engineering in the central research and preliminary development function at Daimler AG. From 2008 to 2011 he was a board member and director of research and development at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, where he was responsible for successfully realigning the Japanese commercial-vehicle manufacturer's product development activities. He had previously held managerial positions at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, eventually assuming responsibility for the development of multi-brand chassis components. Böhm has also been honorary professor in the faculty of automotive engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen since 2009.


The KION Group now organises responsibility for its key technological functions across all its brands. Under this organisational structure, the CTO bears Group-wide responsibility for all research and development activities for counterbalance trucks, warehouse technology and products for the Company's global markets as well as module and component development, innovation, product strategy, Group-wide purchasing, and quality management. In addition, he will bear dotted-line managerial responsibility for the production network of the KION Group's brand companies.


CEO Gordon Riske commented: “In Eike Böhm the KION Group gained a Chief Technology Officer with a proven track record and a wealth of experience - for example in the development of commercial vehicles for global markets. He has also developed and implemented modular and platform strategies and has achieved demonstrable success in the field of worldwide quality management. As a member of KION's Executive Board, Eike will play a valuable role in helping to exploit the full potential of our multi-brand product development synergies, which form an integral part of our Strategy 2020. I look forward to working with him.”


John Feldmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the KION Group, stressed: “Under the stewardship of Eike Böhm we are pooling the technological functions that are critical to our success going forward. In addition to the hands-on executive roles that he has performed in research, development and quality management over a number of years, Eike also brings in-depth international experience to the table. He will continue to drive the global dimension of the KION Group's R&D capability.”


“I am very much looking forward to taking on this new challenge in the KION Group,” Eike Böhm stressed. “As Chief Technology Officer I will fulfil my responsibility towards our employees, customers, business partners and shareholders and I will do my utmost to help ensure that the KION Group can exploit the opportunities available in global markets to the greatest extent possible.”