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Martina Merz

Chairwoman and Member of the Board of Directors

Martina Merz is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG headquartered in Cologne, Germany, member of the Board of Directors of the NV Bekaert SA headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium and the AB VOLVO, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition, Ms Merz is a member of the Board of Directors of Imerys S.A., headquartered in Paris, France since May 3, 2017. 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.

Martina Merz was firstly appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A. on April 24, 2014 and was elected as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors on April 27, 2017. Her appointment was extended until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2018 financial statements. Ms Merz is an independent member of the Board of Directors.

Ms Merz has no executive mandates and dedicates completely to her mandates in the Boards of Directors, respectively in the Supervisory Board.

Dr. Martin Kleinschmitt

Vice Chair and 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 and was elected as Vice Chairman on April 27, 2017. He is the Chairman of the 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. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAF-HOLLAND GmbH

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. His areas of expertise include restructuring, financing and interim management. Prior to the time at Noerr, 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). Since March 2017, Dr Kleinschmitt has the Position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the G&H Bankensoftware AG, Berlin, Germany. In addition to this, since August 2017 he is a Member of the Executive Board of the Schaltbau Holding AG, Munich, Germany.

 Dr Kleinschmitt is a dependent member of the Board of Directors. 

Detlef Borghardt

Member of the Board of Directors

Detlef Borghardt is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SAF-HOLLAND GmbH since July 1, 2011 and in addition, he holds the position as President for the Region APAC/China since January 1, 2016. Since October 1, 2011, Detlef Borghardt is a Member of the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A.. His mandate was extended until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2019 financial statements. Mr Borghardt is also Managing Director of the debo invest GmbH. 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.

Mr. Borghardt is a dependent member of the Board of Directors.

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. She ist also a Member of the Supervisory Board of SAF-HOLLAND GmbH. Ms Kleyboldt is Head of Projects at Arnold AG, Friedrichsdorf, Germany. 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.

 Ms Kleyboldt is an independent member of the Board of Directors. 

Carsten Reinhardt

Member of the Board of Directors

Carsten Reinhardt was elected as a member of the SAF-HOLLAND Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on April 27, 2017. His mandate was extended until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2019 financial statements. Carsten Reinhardt has more than 23 years of experience in the commercial vehicle and other industries, both as OEM and Supplier executive. Until October 2015, he was the Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG and a member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH in Heidenheim, Germany where he was responsible for the company´s Power, Oil/Gas, Mining/Metals, Rail, and Commercial Vehicle divisions. From 2006 until 2011, Mr Reinhardt served as President of Commercial Vehicle Systems and COO at Meritor Inc., Troy, Michigan, USA. Prior to this, he held various management positions at Daimler AG, including CEO at Detroit Diesel Corporation, General Manager and Vice President of Western Star Trucks and Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Freightliner Corporation, USA. Carsten Reinhardt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Esslingen, Germany, and a Master of Science in Automobile Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. In addition to his profound, commercial and financial know how Carsten Reinhardt contributes to the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A. with his deep knowledge of the commercial vehicle industry and its technological developments and trends. Reinhardt is also a member of the Board of Directors of Grundfos Holding A/S, Bjerringbro, Denmark, Member of the Board of Rosti AB, Malmö, Sweden and Member of the Board of Directors of Rosti Automotive plc, Leamington Spa, UK. Mr Reinhardt serves as Operating Partner at Michigan Capital Advisors in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA and is a member of the Advisory Board of WEZAG GmbH, Stadtallendorf, Germany. Since August 2017, Carsten Reinhardt is Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Braemar Energy Ventures in New York, NY, USA. In addition, since December 2017, he has the position as Chairman of the advisory board of the Tegimus Holding GmbH in Mannheim, Germany.

Carsten Reinhardt is an independent member as defined by the Company’s Articles of Association.

Jack Gisinger

Member of the Board of Directors

Jack Gisinger has been approved as a member of the SAF-HOLLAND Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on April 27, 2017. Jack Gisinger was the Managing Director of the Powered Vehicle Systems business unit at SAF-HOLLAND and responsible for SAF-HOLLAND Inc. USA, before retiring in 2015. As a recognized commercial vehicle specialist, he began his career at the company in 1980, holding various executive positions in the areas of engineering and management, including his role as the General Manager of the European branches of Holland Inc., USA. Mr Gisinger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Jack Gisinger reinforces the Board of Directors of the SAF-HOLLAND S.A. with decades of experience and expertise in the commercial vehicle industry especially when it comes to engineering and technical trends within the sector.

 Mr. Gisinger is a dependent member as defined by the Company’s Articles of Association.