Dr. Christian Diekmann (born 1965) was newly elected to the Supervisory Board at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. In the subsequent constituent meeting of the new Supervisory Board, the members elected him Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MAX Automation SE. Since 2013 he has been the Managing Director and CFO of ZRT GmbH and Zertus GmbH, Hamburg. Previously, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Comp. in Cologne and Chicago and most recently as CFO at Comdirect Bank AG (Quickborn) from 2008.
Dr. Diekmann holds various supervisory board mandates within the Zertus Group.
Dr. Jens Kruse (born 1958) has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MAX Automation SE since 2019. He was already a member of the Supervisory Board of MAX Automation AG and its Deputy Chairman since 2014. The business administration graduate has been the Head of Corporate Finance of M.M.Warburg & Co KGaA in Hamburg since 1998. He is also the Chief Representative of the bank. Before that, he worked with PwC as a partner for the Restructuring Council (Berlin) and then with KPMG as a partner for Corporate Finance department (Hamburg).
Dr. Kruse is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Biesterfled AG, Hamburg as well as PNE Wing AG, Cuxhaven.
Oliver Jaster (born 1970) has been a member of the Supervisory Board of MAX Automation SE since 2018. He was previously a member of the Supervisory Board of MAX Automation AG since 2013. The business administration graduate is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Günther Holding GmbH, Hamburg. Before this, he worked in a number of different functions within the banking industry.
Jaster is also a member of the Supervisory Board of ZEAL Networks SE, London.
Dr. Ralf Guckert (born 1968) was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of MAX Automation SE by the Düsseldorf Local Court on January 25, 2019. His appointment as a member of the Supervisory Board is limited until his election by the next Annual General Meeting. Dr. Guckert has been Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer of Günther Holding SE in Hamburg since January 2018. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer of Redknee Inc, Toronto/Canada.
Andreas Krause (born 1968) has been a Managing Director of MAX Automation since March 1, 2018 and has been CFO since April 1, 2018. He was elected to the Supervisory Board at the 2018 Annual General Meeting on May 18, 2018. Since May 1, 2019 he is the Chairman of the Management Board. Before switching to the MAX Group, the business administration graduate worked at the ABB Group for 20 years in various positions, including the Head of Financial Planning & Capital Structures, Division CFO Robotics, and Division CFO Low Voltage Products. Most recently, as Regional CFO in South Africa, he was responsible for Southern Africa. Directly after finishing his studies, the native of Hameln began working as a Process, Financial & Factory Controller for Mercedes-Benz in South Africa from 1995-1998.
Krause is Member of the Supervisory Board of Vecoplan AG, a company within the MAX Group.
Werner Berens (born 1966) is Head of the Environmental Technologies Business Unit and Managing Director of MAX Automation since May 1, 2019. Since 2012 he has been CEO of Vecoplan AG, a subsidiary of MAX Automation. Before joining the MAX Group, the chemist worked for the SaarGummi Group for about 20 years in various positions, including Managing Director for Industrial & Track Superstructure Systems and Director for Technology & Product Management. Most recently, from 2011 to 2012, he was Managing Director of Flachdach Technologie GmbH & Co. KG.
Patrick Vandenrhijn (born 1967) is Head of the Process Technologies Business Unit and Managing Director of MAX Automation since May 1, 2019. Since 2002 he has been CEO of bdtronic GmbH, a subsidiary of MAX Automation. Before joining the MAX Group, the graduate industrial engineer worked as Manager Marketing & Sales for various companies in Belgium. From 2000 he was head of the dosing technology division at BARTEC GmbH, from which today’s bdtronic GmbH emerged.
Dr. Guido Hild (born 1968) is Head of Evolving Technologies and Managing Director of MAX Automation since July 1, 2019. From 2010 to 2019, the graduate industrial engineer held various management positions in the GEA Group, including responsibility for the worldwide service business of GEA Farm Technologies with locations in Germany, the UK and the USA. Previously, he was responsible for the global service business of KHS. Before moving to industry, he worked for 7 years as a management consultant for the Droege Group, where he was responsible for process optimization and restructuring and worked for several months in Singapore and Moscow.