Dr. André Philipp is Member of the Management Board and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Dr. Philipp has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the SAF-HOLLAND Group and a member of the Group Management Board from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. In his role as COO, Dr. Philipp carries the primary responsibility for all of the Group’s production plants worldwide. He is also responsible for Global Quality, Global Lean Organization and Global Operations.
Dr. Philipp has a degree in industrial engineering and his doctorate is in economics. After completing an additional MBA degree, he obtained his doctorate from the Chair of Management at Comenius University in Slovakia. Dr. Philipp has extensive experience in the automotive industry, particularly in the North American and Chinese markets. After completing his studies, he worked for the Valeo Group first as Project Manager and then as Managing Director of Valeo Beleuchtung Deutschland GmbH. At the HELLA Group, Dr. Philipp held various positions, including as the President of Hella Lighting Corporation in South Carolina, USA from 2005 on and later as Manager of “Operational Excellence” for the entire Lighting Business Unit. In 2007, Dr. Philipp assumed additional management roles in China as Director Operations, General Manager, CTO and COO initially for the HELLA Group and then in 2011 for Deutz Dalian Engine Co. Ltd., a joint venture between DEUTZ AG and the Chinese motor vehicle and engine manufacturer FAW.