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Dr. Martin Kleinschmitt

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 Acting Chair on November 5, 2019. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee. The Annual General Meeting on April 25, 2019, extended his appointment until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2022 financial statements. He is also the chair 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 18 years. His areas of expertise include restructuring and financing. Prior to the time at Noerr, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Herlitz AG Berlin and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Herlitz Falkenhöh AG (project developer and building contractor). Since March 2017, Dr Kleinschmitt has the Position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of G&H Bankensoftware AG, Berlin, Germany. 

Dr. Martin Kleinschmitt is a dependent member of the Board of Directors as a result of the services provided by the law firm Noerr LLP to the SAF-HOLLAND Group.

Martina Merz

Vice Chair and Member of the Board of Directors

Martina Merz is a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, headquartered in Cologne, Germany and a member of the Board of Directors of AB VOLVO, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ms. Merz has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Imerys S.A., headquartered in Paris, France, since May 3, 2017, as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp AG since November 20, 2018, and its elected chair of the Supervisory Board since February 1, 2019.

Ms. Merz worked for Chassis Brakes International as the 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 first appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of SAF-HOLLAND S.A. on April 24, 2014 and was Chair of the Board of Directors from April 27, 2017 to September 19, 2019. Her appointment was extended until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2022 financial statements. Ms. Merz is an independent member of the Board of Directors.

 

Ingrid Jägering

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 25, 2019, extended her appointment until the close of the Annual General Meeting that approves the 2022 financial statements. She is also a Member of the Supervisory Board of SAF-HOLLAND GmbH. Ms. Kleyboldt is President Industry at Arnold AG, Friedrichsdorf, Germany. She studied mechanical engineering and majored in manufacturing technology.

Ms. Kleyboldt has more than 20 years of experience in various management positions, including her most recent role as the Executive Director Manufacturing Engineering Opel/Vauxhall Europe at Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim, where she was responsible for the planning, development, deployment, and maintenance of all of the 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.

Anja 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 worked as an independent corporate consultant since October 2016 and has more than 25 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 Garrett Motion Inc., Rolle, Switzerland; Grundfos Holding A/S, Bjerringbro, Denmark; Rosti AB, Malmö, Sweden; and 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 has been a Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Braemar Energy Ventures in New York, NY, USA. He has also held the position of Chairman of the advisory board of the Tegimus Holding GmbH in Mannheim, Germany, since December 2017.

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.