Germany: Top Management Stefan Klebert Appointed as GEA’s New CEO

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Stefan Klebert is expected to take charge from November 15, 2018. He will succeed Jürg Oleas who has been serving the company since a long time.

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Stefan Klebert, CEO, GEA
Stefan Klebert, CEO, GEA
(Source: GEA Group)

Germany – The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft has recently appointed Stefan Klebert (53) to the company’s Executive Board with effect from November 15, 2018. On February 18, 2019, he will succeed the long-serving CEO, Jürg Oleas (60), who is going to leave the company after completion of the fiscal year and after handing over the reins in February 2019. Previously, Klebert worked for the industrial group Schuler, where he was in charge of the company’s growth strategy in his capacity as CEO over the past eight years. He left the company upon expiry of his service contract in April 2018.

After finishing his training as a mechanic and successfully completing his studies in mechanical engineering at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Stefan Klebert started his career at Festo & Co. He initially worked there as a sales management assistant in 1991, whereupon he held various positions in marketing and sales. In 1999, Klebert joined Schindler, where he was in charge of the activities of the then newly acquired C. Haushahn & Co. company as a managing director. Only two years later, he also became responsible for the product line management of new plants and systems of Deutsche Schindler Gruppe, managing dual roles.

Between 2002 and 2003, Klebert finally assumed responsibility as Chairman of the Board of Haushahn-Gruppe as well as Managing Director of Schindler Deutschland Holding. From 2004 until 2009, he worked for the steel and technology group Thyssenkrupp. First, Klebert held the position of Chairman of the Board of Thyssenkrupp Industrieservice Holding.

Between 2006 and 2009, he served as a member of the Executive Board of Thyssenkrupp Services. From 2010 until April of this year, he held overall responsibility for the mechanical and plant engineering group Schuler based in Göppingen in his capacity as CEO.