2018-07-25

"Broad experience to push our digital strategy ahead"

In October, Susanna Schneeberger takes over as the new Chief Digital Officer at the KION GROUP AG. Prior to joining KION, she gained wide-ranging know-how as well as extensive experience in software and digitalization.

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The Supervisory Board of KION GROUP AG has appointed Susanna Schneeberger as a member of the Executive Board for a 5-year term, beginning October 1. She will assume strategic responsibility for the KION segment, Supply Chain Solutions, and, as the Chief Digital Officer (CDO), will be responsible for managing the Group-wide activities aimed at digitalizing and networking products and processes as well as further development of the IT systems.

Expanding the Executive Board to include a fifth member is part of the KION 2027 Strategy presented in February. The strategy aims at further consolidating its position as a leading integrated provider of industrial trucks and warehouse automation technology and software. The Group has launched several initiatives to drive forward the development of digitalized customer solutions, robotics and automation. KION is also forging ahead with the alignment of its internal processes with the digital economy.

Most recently, Schneeberger was an executive vice president and member of the executive board at Konecranes Plc. Her responsibilities included corporate strategy, M&A and business development. In 2015, she led DEMAG's global business as CEO and managing director when the company still belonged to the Terex Corporation. Between 2007 and 2014, she held several positions at Trelleborg AB, initially as director of Strategic Business Development and, beginning in2011, as vice president of Sales & Marketing in the Business Area Industrial Solutions. She also worked in the software industry from 2000 to 2006 and for a global media company from 1997 to 1999. She studied in Sweden, the US and Germany and has an MS in International Business Administration and a Master of European Affairs from Lund University. She is married and has three children.

John Feldmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board at KION GROUP AG, states, “With Susanna Schneeberger, we are delighted that we have found an internationally experienced leader with broad expertise gained in global capital goods and software businesses for our Executive Board. She combines extensive expertise of the lifting and material handling industry with a broad skillset in software and digitalization.”

Gordon Riske, Chief Executive Officer of the KION Group, added, “She will help further develop KION Group's leadership position in the supply chain solutions market, and will use her broad experience in digital business transformation to push forward the Group's digital strategy. I very much look forward to working with her.”

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