CEO Brose Group
Kurt Sauernheimer (59) is CEO of the Brose Group effective 1 January 2018. In this position he is also responsible for the markets in China and North America. 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 then worked as Executive Vice President of the door business division for 20 years.
Central Division Technology
Since 1 July 2015, Thomas Spangler (55) 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 East Asian market. 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.
Niklas Beyes (48) was appointed Executive Vice President Commercial Administration Brose Group Brose Group effective 1 May 2018. This includes the group functions Organization, Controlling, Finance, Taxes, Legal and Information Technology.
Niklas Beyes studied business administration at the University of Göttingen. He began his career in 1995 at a global auditing firm. The business administration graduate completed his exams to become a tax adviser and auditor while working full time. Niklas Beyes has held a variety of international leadership positions in the automotive supplier industry since 2005.
Central Division Purchasing
Periklis Nassios (58) 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 business division from 2006 to 2017.
Dr. Patrick Popp
Electrical Drives Division
Dr. Patrick Popp (52) was appointed Executive Vice President of the electrical drives business division on 1 February 2018. This includes the product units for thermal management, the drive train, chassis and steering as well as the vehicle interior/exterior. He is also responsible for central electronics activities of the Brose Group.
Patrick Popp studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt and at Stanford University in California/USA. He then completed his PhD in the field of combustion technology at the European Center for Advanced Computation in France. He has more than 20 years of international management experience in automotive and electronics companies.
Sandro Scharlibbe (48) is Executive Vice President of the seat business division 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.
Ulrich Schrickel (53) is Executive Vice President of the door business division effective 1 August 2019. He is responsible for products such as door modules or access and closure systems as well as for the Future Brose modernization program.
Ulrich Schrickel studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and began his career in 1994 at Robert Bosch GmbH. He held a number of management positions in production abroad and was responsible for central quality management at Bosch. Schrickel also headed the Business Unit Transmission Control and most recently held the position of Executive Vice President at Automotive Electronics.
Central Division Human Resources
Jörg Schwitalla (58) 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.