Executive Board

Gordon Riske

born 1957 in Detroit (USA)
Nationality: American

Since 2007 KION Group, Frankfurt am Main (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
1976 - 2001 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),
Oekreal School of Business, Zurich (Switzerland)
1976 – 1981 Degree course in electrical engineering, Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield/Michigan (USA)

Dr. Eike Böhm

born 1962 in Pforzheim (Germany)
Nationality: German

Since 2015 KION Group, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG, Chief Technology Officer
1988 – 2014 Daimler AG, Stuttgart (Germany)
2012 Head of global quality management for Mercedes-Benz
passenger cars, Sindelfingen (Germany)
2011 Head of product innovation and process engineering in the central
research and advanced engineering, Böblingen (Germany)
2008 Board member and head of research and development at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Tokyo (Japan)
2005 Head of the Center of Competence Chassis Components at Daimler Trucks, Stuttgart (Germany)
2001 Head of entire vehicle development department, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles,
Stuttgart (Germany)
1998 Strategic project manager, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles, Stuttgart (Germany)
1994 Head of program management at Micro Compact Car GmbH, Renningen (Germany)
1991 Team leader in the Mercedes-Benz development division “Vehicles and Traffic” division, Fellbach (Germany)
1988 Consultant at Daimler-Benz AG products research division,
Stuttgart (Germany)
2009 Honorary professorship at University of Esslingen
1996 PhD program at University of Karlsruhe, degree: Dr. rer. pol.
1982 – 1987 Studies of industrial engineering at University of Karlsruhe,
degree: Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur

Anke Groth

born 1970 in Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Nationality: German

Since 2018 KION Group, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  Member of the Executive Board of KION GROUP AG (CFO)
2001 - 2018 E.ON SE, Essen (Germany)
2016 - 2018 CFO, E.ON UK plc, Coventry (UK)
2015 - 2016 Senior Vice President Investor Relations, E.ON SE, Essen (Germany)
2012 - 2015 CFO, E.ON España S.L., Madrid (Spain)
2007 - 2012 Vice President M&A, E.ON AG, Duesseldorf (Germany)
2006 - 2007 Vice President International Management Consultancy, E.ON Ruhrgas AG, Essen (Germany)
2001 - 2006 Project Manager Mergers & Acquisitions, E.ON AG, Duesseldorf (Germany)
2000 - 2001 Project Manager M&A, Vasa Energy GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)
1997 - 2000 Trainee and Project Manager Corporate Development, VEW AG, Dortmund (Germany)
1989 - 1997 Education
1996 - 1997 Internship at Deutsch-Spanische Außenhandelskammer (German chamber of foreign trade) in Barcelona (Spain)
1991 – 1996 Economic Science, University of Dortmund and Bochum (Germany)
Focus on Controlling, Finance, Industrial Management
1989 - 1991 Apprenticeship as a wholesale and foreign trade clerk (Ausbildung zur Groß-und Außenhandelskauffrau),
Huber GmbH & Co.KG, Gelsenkirchen (Germany)

Ching Pong Quek

born in 1967 in Batu Pahat/Johor (Malaysia)
Nationality: Malaysian

Since 2006 KION Group, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Since 2019 Member of the Executive Board (Chief Asia Pacific & Americas Officer) of KION GROUP AG
2013 - 2018 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)
2006 - today Linde Material Handling Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
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
1986 - 2000 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

Supervisory Board

Shareholder and Member of the Supervisory Board, Endurance Capital Aktiengesellschaft, Munich (Germany)

Deputy chairman
Chairman of the works council of plants I & II of Linde Material Handling GmbH, Aschaffenburg (Germany)
Chairman of the group works council of KION Group

Former Member of the extended Board of Directors (Corporate Officer), Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan (USA)

Chairman of the works council of KION Warehouse Systems GmbH, Reutlingen (Germany)

Managing Partner of CVC Capital Partners (Deutschland) GmbH, Frankfurt (Germany)

Chairman of the works council of Dematic GmbH and Dematic Services GmbH, Heusenstamm (Germany)

President of Shandong Heavy Industry Group, Ltd., Jinan (China)
Chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee at KION GROUP AG, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

Chairman of the works council of STILL GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)

Head of tariff department of the IG Metall, Coastal District, Hamburg (Germany)

Head of Central Manufacturing Engineering & Operational Excellence at Space Equipment Operations bei der Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Taufkirchen (Germany)

Senior Advisor, Munich (Germany)

Trade union secretary of the Managing Board of IG Metall, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

Vice President Quality at KION GROUP AG, Frankfurt am Main (Aschaffenburg site) (Germany)

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co. Ltd., Jinan (China), and of China National Heavy-Duty Truck Group Co., Ltd., Jinan (China)

Full-time works council member, HQ and plant 2 at Linde Material Handling GmbH, Aschaffenburg (Germany)

Partner and member of the Management Committee of King & Wood Mallesons, Peking (China)

* = as representative of the employees
Status as of: 09 July 2020

Our magical forces behind the scenes


Group structure

The KION Group has three segments, representing our product categories and our internal services. The first segment – Industrial Trucks & Services – comprises the Operating Units Linde MH EMEA, STILL EMEA, KION Americas, and KION Asia Pacific. They are responsible for manufacturing, sales, and the service network for our brand companies Linde Material Handling, STILL, Baoli, Fenwick, and OM.

The second segment focuses on supply chain solutions from the Dematic Operating Unit, which are also available to our customers through a global network.

The third segment is made up of our overarching Corporate Services. This is where we bring together our internal service units, from the KION Digital Campus and KION Invest, through which we are further expanding our innovative strength, to KION Group IT and KION Financial Services.

Corporate governance

The Executive Board and Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG are responsible for the company in accordance with the statutory provisions for stock corporations in Germany. This also includes the obligation to act within the principles of an exacting system of corporate governance that follows recognized standards. We believe these principles are essential to the Company’s long-term success. Compliance with them also increases the trust that our investors, employees, business partners, and the public have in the management and supervision of the Company. An extensive corporate governance report is an integral element of KION GROUP AG’s annual reports.

Declaration of Conformity (the comply-or-explain statement)
Every year, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG submit their declaration of conformity (comply-or-explain statement) relating to the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code government commission pursuant to section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG). It is available for download here.

Declaration of Conformity (Comply-or-explain statement)


We are moved by sustainability.

It is our ambition to be the best at understanding our customers' requirements and to provide them with safe, efficient and innovative logistics solutions specific to their needs. A key factor to this mix is sustainable business. All of our actions are guided by environmental, social and commercial aspects. We also help our customers to implement their sustainability programs, thus ensuring that a crucial ingredient for their success is also in place.

Here to answer questions

Why sustainable practices are a basis for our success.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Brundtland report, 1987

The KION Group is committed to operating sustainably. We are guided by the definition in the Brundtland Report from the United Nations:

Sustainability affects all areas of our business, and the onus is on all of us to do our part. Through innovation, ideas and decisive actions, we ensure that we meet our goal of being a leader in sustainability. We have put in place a clear sustainability strategy, ambitious targets and effective measures to support us. Our annual sustainability report shows the progress we have made toward achieving our ambitions.

KION Sustainability Report 2019 [pdf 3.6 MB]

The KION Group and its operating units are also in regular contact with various stakeholder groups, including industry associations in which the KION Group is actively involved on sustainability issues.

The KION Group is a partner in the Blue Competence sustainability initiative. Blue Competence is an initiative of the VDMA German Engineering Federation, set up to promote sustainability in the industry, but also to share sustainable solutions in mechanical and plant engineering. As a partner of the initiative, the KION Group has committed to adhering to its twelve guidelines for sustainable action.

You can find out more about the twelve sustainability guidelines at

Every year, we publish information about our sustainability strategy and organization, focusing on the progress that we have made over the reporting period. The sustainability reports are part of our obligation to provide separate non-financial reports in accordance with sections 315b and 315c in conjunction with 289c to 289e of the German Commercial Code (HGB). We also provide additional information beyond what is required by law. The reports are prepared in accordance with the "GRI Standards: Core option".

Download: KION Sustainability Report 2019 [pdf 3.6 MB]

We use a wide range of relevant key figures to monitor our sustainability program, the most important of which are shown here. Detailed facts and figures on the various topics can be found in our latest sustainability report on page 2.

See our key sustainability figures 2019 [pdf 3.6 MB]

The KION Group’s commitment to sustainability is recognized by investors, financial institutions and rating agencies.
Here are some relevant examples.

Rating Year
CDP B 2019
FTSE Russel ESG Rating 3.4 2019
ISS ESG Prime Status (B-) 2020
Sustainalytics Outperformer (71) 2019
Index Status Inclusion
STOXX® Europe Sustainability Member December 2017
FTSE4Good Index Series Member June 2019

Rating Organizations and Indices


CDP is a global environmental non-profit organization. Since 2002, investors have been collectively demanding through CDP more and better corporate environmental reporting. Today, over 525 investors with assets of US$96 trillion signed CDP’s disclosure request to better understand a company's environmental KPIs, strategies and management practices.

By reporting via CDP, the KION Group makes details of its climate protection strategies and activities public. In 2019, the KION Group received a B scoring, placing it among the top 23 percent of requested companies across all industries.

FTSE4Good Index Series

FTSE Russell (the trade name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that KION GROUP AG has been independently evaluated in keeping with FTSE4Good criteria and meets the requirements for inclusion in the FTSE4Good index series. The FTSE4Good Index Series, developed by the global index company FTSE Group, is designed to measure the performance of companies with strong ESG (environment, social, governance) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and evaluate responsible funds and other products.


Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) is one of the world's largest service providers for responsible investing. ISS ESG, the research and rating unit for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), frequently analyses the most important stock and bond issuers.

In the 2018 rating, ISS ESG assigned a C+ to the KION Group’s environmental, social and governance performance, elevating the KION Group to prime status and including it in the top 20 percent of companies rated in the machinery sector.


Sustainalytics is a global leader in ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) and Corporate Governance research and ratings. Today, Sustainalytics supports hundreds of investors worldwide who incorporate ESG and corporate governance insights into their investment processes. In the 2019 ESG rating, the KION Group received an overall ESG score of 71. Compared to its industry peers the KION Group is considered an outperformer.

STOXX® Europe Sustainability

The STOXX Europe Sustainability Index offers a consistent, flexible and investable representation of the largest European sustainability leaders based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. With a variable number of components, the STOXX Europe Sustainability Index covers stocks from 17 European countries. The ratings are based on the research approach of Bank Sarasin, with exclusion of tobacco, adult entertainment and defense & armament.

Dr. Holger Hoppe
Senior Director Sustainability Management
Phone +49 6021 99 2470


Capturing the sun's energy to benefit produce and trucks

Linde Stapler bei Biobauer in Kalifornien

It's always "Project Sunshine" in Summerville

Umweltschutzprojekte in Summerville


"Integrity is one of our values and the principle upon which our business is based. By aligning our actions with ethical, compliance, and sustainability standards, we can build trust and protect our reputation."

Gordon Riske, CEO of the KION Group

As a company operating all around the world, we have corporate social responsibility toward our customers, employees, financial backers and the general public. This corporate social responsibility requires us to comply with all applicable laws, to respect ethical values and to act in a sustainability-oriented manner everywhere and at all times.

Code of Compliance & Policies

The KION Group Code of Compliance (KGCC) covers all aspects of compliance that are relevant to us, and provides the framework for everyone in the Group. The KGCC applies to all sites around the world, to all business segments, and to our interactions with employees, customers, and business partners.

Our compliance measures are defined and prioritized on the basis of company-wide compliance risk assessments.

Our employees learn about the basic principles of compliance in web-based training sessions, which also raise their awareness of the specific legal risks that we face. Classroom-based training on particular compliance topics is targeted at specific groups.

Our employees and third parties can contact our compliance team with any compliance-related queries.

Potential infringements of laws or of our regulations can be reported through an anonymous and confidential external whistleblower system or via internal channels.

The implementation of, and adherence to, compliance requirements is regularly audited by Group Internal Audit and monitored by Corporate Compliance and the Compliance Committee.

For the purposes of compliance reporting, a survey is regularly conducted across the entire KION Group to check whether compliance requirements are being fulfilled. The results provide the basis for the Chief Compliance Officer’s report to the Executive Board and the Chair of the Supervisory Board’s Audit Committee.

Employees are regularly kept up to date with compliance-relevant matters through a range of internal guidelines, training, and the KION Group social intranet.

Compliance organization

Whistleblower system

Reliable reporting channels for internal and external interest groups help to ensure that any potential misconduct is reported, thoroughly investigated, and resolved. The KION Group offers a variety of reporting channels to internal and external whistleblowers in order to facilitate the identification of potential compliance breaches.

If you have specific, substantiated evidence of a severe breach of the law or of other regulations at KION Group or one of our subsidiaries, or have reason to suspect that one has occurred, then you can contact the relevant compliance department using the following methods:

By email to:

By post to:
Corporate Compliance
Thea-Rasche-Strasse 8
60549 Frankfurt am Main

KION GROUP AG will follow up all tip-offs, and we guarantee the utmost confidentiality and fairness toward the whistleblower during our investigations. This also applies to any employee who may be under investigation.

In addition to the contact methods mentioned above, there is also an external whistleblower hotline:

Additional Infomation

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Why sustainable practices are a basis for our success.

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