KraussMaffei is managed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Business operations are managed by the operational business units whose managing directors jointly form the Executive Committee (EC) with the CEO and CFO. The Executive Committee is responsible, for example, for strategic and forward-looking decisions regarding KraussMaffei.

Executive Board

Dr. Michael Ruf

Qualifications: PhD Electrical Engineering
Overview of career development:

  • KraussMaffei Group: CEO (since April 2020)
  • KraussMaffei Group: COO (until March 2020)
  • Continental AG: different management positions, e.g. Executive Vice President of Business Unit „Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket" (until March 2019)
  • Harman/Becker Automotive: different management positions, e.g. Head of Product Development Europe (until 2006)
  • Robert Bosch GmbH: Research and pre-development Multimedia (until1999)


Joerg Bremer

Qualifications: Mechanical International Management and Controlling
Overview of career development:

  • KraussMaffei Group: CFO (since July 2021)
  • Sixt SE: Member of Executive Board / CFO (until June 2021)
  • Brose Fahrzeugteile: CFO, Business Division Drives (until 2018)
  • Brose NA, Auburn Hills MI: CFO North America (until 2015)
  • Brose NA, Auburn Hills MI: Vice President Controlling and IT (until 2012)
  • Brose: Various management positions, in Germany, India and Czech Republic (2004 – 2010)


Executive Committee

Nadine Despineux

Qualifications: Business Economist (FH)
Overview of career development:

  • KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH: President Digital & Service Solutions (since July 2018)
  • KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH: Vice President Sales, Injection Molding Machinery (unitl June 2018)
  • RollsRoyce Power Systems: Vice President and Head of Marine & Offshore Business (until 2015)
  • MTU Friedrichshafen: different sales and sales management positions (until 2012)



Dr. Volker Nilles

Qualifications: Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen, Germany, Industrial Engineering and Dr. rer. pol., TU Munich, Germany
Overview of career development:

  • KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH: Executive Vice President Division New Machines (since August 2020)
  • KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH: Managing Director, President of the Injection Molding Machines Segment (until July 2020)
  • Kleemann GmbH (Wirtgen Group): Managing Director, CEO  (until 2019)
  • Bosch Rexroth AG: Vice President, Technical Plant Manager (until 2010)
  • ThyssenKrupp MetalCutting GmbH: various management positions, e.g. Vice President Purchasing, Production and Logistics (until 2005)
  • TU Munich: Department Manager Innovation management and Development (until 2001)