Board of Directors

Bernhard Schneider

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Bernhard Schneider was appointed to the Board of Directors on June 18, 2007 and elected as chairman on March 27, 2009. Since 2007, Mr Schneider has been managing director of Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co. KG. From 2005 to 2007, Mr Schneider was CFO and head of production of Europapress Holding (EHP) in Zagreb, Croatia. From 2003 to 2005 he served as CFO of Sachsenring Zwickau AG, and from 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the management board of Riva Energy AG in Essen, Germany. Between 1992 and 2001, Mr Schneider worked for Mannesmann, where he held positions as Executive Vice President of Mannesmann Corp in New York, USA, CFO of Mannesmann Haustechnik GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany, and CFO of Mannesmann Röhren-Werke AG in Mühlheim-Ruhr, Germany. Mr Schneider holds a Dipl.-Kaufmann Degree from the University of Munich, Germany.

Detlef Borghardt

Member of the Board of Directors

Detlef Borghardt is the CEO of the SAF-HOLLAND Group since July 1, 2011 and in addition holds the position as President for the Region APAC/China since January 1, 2016. Between 2007 and 2011 Detlef Borghardt was Head of the Trailer Systems Business Unit and assumed the position as Deputy CEO of the entire Group on January 1, 2011. Detlef Borghardt joined SAF in 2000 as Head of Sales, Services and Marketing. On June 20, 2007 Detlef Borghardt was appointed as a member of the Management Board and took over the responsibility for the Trailer Systems Business Unit. Before joining SAF, he held various leadership positions with Alusuisse-Lonza in Singen, Germany, including: Director of Marketing, Sales and Engineering; Sales Manager-Extruded Products; Team Leader of Sales Traffic Engineering and Applications; and Product Development Engineer. Detlef Borghardt is a certified engineer and holds a Dipl. Engineer in vehicle design from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany.

Martin Kleinschmitt

Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Martin Kleinschmitt has been a member of the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A. since April 25, 2013. He is the chairman of our audit committee. The Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2016, extended his appointment until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2018 financial statements. Dr. Kleinschmitt is an experienced lawyer and banker as well as a partner of the internationally active commercial law firm Noerr LLP and member of the Executive Board of Noerr Consulting AG. He has served there as a consultant and interim manager for twelve years. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Herlitz AG Berlin and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Falkenhöh AG (project developer and building contractor). His areas of expertise include restructuring, financing and interim management.

Anja Kleyboldt

Member of the Board of Directors

At the SAF-HOLLAND S.A. Annual General Meeting on April 26, 2012, shareholders elected Anja Kleyboldt to the Board of Directors. The Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2016, extended her appointment until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2018 financial statements. The graduate engineer, who majored in mechanical engineering, held among others the position of Executive Director Manufacturing Engineering Opel/Vauxhall Europe at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim and was responsible for the planning, development, deployment, and maintenance of all production facilities in Europe. She was also responsible for the areas of prototype construction and plant and fixtures design in Europe. In 2011, Anja Kleyboldt received the international Rising Stars Award. Her wealth of expertise and experience in the automotive industry enriches the Board of Directors in the areas of engineering, quality, and manufacturing.

Sam Martin

Member of the Board of Directors

Sam Martin was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A. on April 28, 2011. From June 2007 until December 2010 he was a Member of the Management Board as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Sam Martin joined our company in 1974, and since that time he has held the positions of Metallurgical Engineer, Acting Chief Engineer, Vice President Engineering, Executive Vice President Engineering, Executive Vice President, and President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Holland Group, Inc. Prior to joining Holland, Dr. Martin worked as a Supervisor of the Materials Laboratory for FMC Corp. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Martin holds a B.S. from Lafayette College and his Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State University.

Martina Merz

Deputy Chairman & Member of the Board of Directors

Martina Merz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the NV Bekaert SA headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium and AB VOLVO, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ms. Merz worked for Chassis Brakes International as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2015. She graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on manufacturing technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany, and gathered almost 25 years of experience in various management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH. She most recently served as Bosch’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the Chassis System Brakes division where she was also responsible for the regions of China and Brazil. Ms. Merz was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Schließsysteme GmbH and was a member of the Brose Group’s Management Board following the subsidiary’s transfer to Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG. Ms. Merz has been a member of the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A. since December 1, 2013. The Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2016, extended her appointment until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2018 financial statements.