Executive Board

The Executive Board of Schaltbau Holding AG comprises four highly experienced experts in their respective fields who are fully committed to bringing the Company back on track for success on a sustainable basis.

Dr Albrecht Köhler, born in 1951
Spokesman of the Executive Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 19 May 2018

Professional Career

Dr Albrecht Köhler is directly responsible for corporate development, technology, communication, and control of the Group’s subsidiaries. Prior to joining Schaltbau, over three decades Albrecht gained a wealth of strategic and operational expertise in various executive sales and operations positions, in particular at Knorr Bremse where he acted as a managing director of the rolling stock business unit for many years. Albrecht holds a PhD in mechanical engineering.

Thomas Dippold, born in 1972
Member of the Executive Board, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since 1 January 2017

Professional Career

In his role at Schaltbau, Thomas Dippold is responsible for financial reporting, controlling, treasury, personnel, IT, compliance and risk management. Building on the broad range of responsibility gained in controlling functions at HSBC, controlling consultancy CTcon and glass manufacturer Schott, Thomas was soon given wider commercial responsibility and, after several years of working internationally, most recently he acted as CFO at stationery producer Faber Castell before joining Schaltbau in 2017. Thomas holds a degree in economics and is Master of Business Administration.

Dr Martin Kleinschmitt, born in 1960
Member of the Executive Board, Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) since 9 August 2017

Professional Career

Dr Martin Kleinschmitt’s work at Schaltbau is focused on adapting and implementing the restructuring concept and supporting the Group’s subsidiaries in this endeavour. Martin is also a long-serving partner at the leading corporate law firm Noerr. Before joining Schaltbau, he successfully managed restructuring processes in a number of other companies, beginning in 2002. Martin started his professional career as head of the legal department at stationery manufacturer Herlitz (now part of Pelikan), where he rose quickly through the ranks, finally working as CFO for multiple years. He is a qualified banker and holds a doctorate in law.

Volker Kregelin, born in 1963
Chief Officer for Mobile and Stationary Transportation Technology (CMSO) since 1 December 2018

Professional Career

His activities at Schaltbau focus on managing the segments Mobile and Stationary Transportation Technology. In this role, Volker applies comprehensive leadership, sales and operations know how gained in over twenty years. In the early days of his professional life he proved himself in various capacities at Siemens Verkehrstechnik and Adtranz/Bombardier Transportation in the areas of rail infrastructure and railway traction vehicles. He then took responsibility for manufacturing sites worldwide at intralogistics expert Dematic. Later in his career he returned to Bombardier Transportation where he took over management responsibility for the stationary transportation technology in Germany. After that, in the role of sales head Germany he further developed business relations in the area of mobile transportation technology, before joining Schaltbau. Volker holds a degree in engineering and a supplementary degree in economics. He comes with multi-year international experience obtained in Eastern Europe and in Asia.

Supervisory Board

Dr Hans Fechner
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Spokesman of the Management Board
G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG

Prof Dr Thorsten Grenz
Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Business Consultant

Andreas Knitter
Business Consultant

Jeannine Pilloud
Delegate for the industry development of
public transport in Switzerland
Swiss Federal Railways SBB

Achim Stey
Employee Representative

Herbert Treutinger
Employee Representative