CEO of Wittur Group

    Antoine Doutriaux

    Antoine Doutriaux graduated in 1987 from Ecole Polytechnique (France) and in 1989 from Ecole Nationale des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA, Paris).   After one year in the United States as visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, Antoine Doutriaux spent 6 years in the Defense Industry in the field of submarine acoustics.   In 1996, he continued his career at ALSTOM, Railway Signaling activity, to occupy different positions until he advanced to the position of General Manager of the Electronics Product Business Unit in 1999.   Antoine Doutriaux joined VALEO in 2003, as Managing Director of the Electronic and Interconnection Division. In 2006, he was nominated Wiring Harness Branch Vice President, and was promoted Visibility Systems Business Group President in 2009. And in October 2014, he was appointed VALEO Thermal Systems Business Group President.   In February 2017 he moved further on to Zodiac Aerospace and became CEO of Zodiac Seats. From March 1st, 2018, Antoine Doutriaux becomes Wittur Group’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  

    CFO Wittur Group

    Christoph Kaml

    Christoph Kaml is Chief Financial Officer of the Wittur Group and Member of the Executive Management Team. Before joining Wittur in September 2017, he worked for PALFINGER AG for over 13 years and served as CFO since 2009. PALFINGER is a leading international provider of innovative hydraulic lifting solutions. From 2012 to 2015, he was based in China to optimise PALFINGER’s cooperation with SANY. He also serves as a Member of the Supervisory Board of Putzmeister since 2016. Putzmeister is a technology leader in the area of concrete pumps and part of the SANY Group. Before his appointment as PALFINGER’s CFO, he was in charge of the management of the North America sales area where he took responsibility in the field of finance, strategy and business development.

    Executive Vice President for Strategy

    Sergio Biglino

    Sergio Biglino is Executive Vice President for strategy within the Wittur Group. He joined Wittur in September 2004 as Managing Director, responsible for operations in Italy.   Prior to joining Wittur, Sergio worked for mid-sized Italian companies in the electric machine components business. Holding various positions in sales, marketing, technology and quality, Sergio was able to widen his horizon in different fields and gain extensive knowledge which led him to be in charge of M&A projects, plant management and finally general management. As well as his extensive experience, Sergio holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Genoa, Italy.   Within Wittur, he became a member of the Executive Management Team in 2005 and took over responsibility for Group Sales & Marketing in 2009. In line with the new Group strategy, Sergio took full regional responsibility for Asia Pacific from 2011 until 2016 and for for Key Accounts, Marketing and India until April 2018.    Sergio was born in November 1954 in Genoa, Italy.

    Chief Operating Officer Wittur Group

    Hans Koenigshofer

    Johann (Hans) Koenigshofer is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Wittur Group and Member of the Executive Management Team.   Before joining Wittur in March 2018, Hans worked for Palfinger AG in various positions in Austria and China. He started out in July 2007 as CIO responsible for IT, Process Management and Lean Production. From 2010, he was the responsible General Manager for the EMEA business with direct responsibility for all product development, quality, sourcing and operations. In 2015 he took over the responsibility for Asia and relocated to China. In 2017, he was appointed EVP Operations for all Land business of Palfinger.   From 2003 to 2007, Hans worked for Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), manufacturer of power-sports products in Austria and Canada. In Austria, he was Director of Quality, Lean Production and Information Systems. In 2005, he relocated to Canada where he took responsibility as VP of Corporate Manufacturing Strategy, Lean, and Quality Systems. [...]

    CHRO Wittur Group

    Aline Estevant-Rigaut

    Aline Estevant-Rigaut is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of the Wittur Group.  Aline brings over 25 years of international HR experience to Wittur Executive Management Team. She has led human resources teams for major global companies across a variety of business sectors, including chemical, packaging and automotive.   Most recently, Aline has served as Global Vice President Human Resources for Borg Warner Turbo Systems in the automotive sector, and similarly for Owens Illinois, an international packaging company. In each organization, she helped drive company-wide transformation programs, setting up a talent and leadership development culture.   Born in France, Aline has Masters in HR Management and Business Administration, as well as professional HR qualifications from the London Business School.

    Managing Director Asia

    Shaohua Li

    Shaohua Li joined the Wittur Group in January 2013 as Managing Director of Wittur China and became Member of the Executive Management Team in July 2015.  Shaohua joined GE in 1995 and rotated through several positions among others with responsibility for field service, sourcing management, quality and logistics as well as plant management positions. Starting from 2003, Shaohua has assumed P&L roles in automotive component business for different companies for instance Honeywell, Eaton, and Lear. Prior joining Wittur, he was the president of AGC Automotive China. Shaohua holds an engineering bachelor degree from Zhejiang University and EMBA from CEIBS. Shaohua is currently located in Suzhou, China and is in charge of the Asia business, daily operations and organizational developments within Wittur in Asia.

    Managing Director Americas

    Giorgio Scarabello

    Giorgio Scarabello joined the Wittur Group in April 2016, after the acquisition of the Sematic Group, as Managing Director Americas and Member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to joining the Wittur Group, Giorgio was engaged as Managing Director for Sematic China in Suzhou and Changshu from 2009 till 2014. He was then relocated to Sematic USA where he was responsible for operations and sales of the in US and Mexican business. Giorgio started his education with an apprenticeship as an electronic constructor and graduated later as an electronic engineer in Switzerland. He held several positions as sales and plant manager in the cement industry on an international scale before joining the elevator industry. Throughout his former positions, Giorgio gained experience in lean manufacturing, project management, operations and sales. As Managing Director Americas, Giorgio is located at the office of Sematic USA in Twinsburg, US.

    Managing Director for Eurasia

    Ahmet Kanbolat

    Ahmet Kanbolat joined the Wittur Group in April 2016 as Managing Director for Eurasia Member of the Executive Management Team. Before joining the Wittur Group, Ahmet held a number of senior leadership roles, more recently as General Manager for Kocaer Haddecilik and prior to this as General Manager and Member of the Board for Olgun Celik, an automotive supplier in Izmir, Turkey. Earlier in his career he spent ten years with Ford in various roles throughout Europe and the US. Ahmet holds two degrees in Engineering and successfully completed the Stanford Business Executive Program in 2013. Currently Ahmet is located in Istanbul, Turkey and is in charge of the business in Eurasia as well as of daily operations and organizational developments within Wittur Turkey.

    Managing Director for Europe

    Geoffroy Durandet

    Geoffroy Durandet joined the Wittur Group in September 2016 as Managing Director for Europe and is member of the Executive Management Team.   Geoffroy is academically well-equipped and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Centrale-Supelec in France as well as a MBA from Harvard Business School in the USA.   Prior to joining the Wittur Group, Geoffroy Durandet worked for UTC at OTIS, where he held a number of senior positions over the last eleven years as Managing Director for OTIS in Luxembourg, Canada, UK & Republic of Ireland, Central Europe and, most recently, as Managing Director and Vice President of OTIS France. Previously he worked for McKinsey&Company in the US and with Suez in a business development role.   Currently Geoffroy is located in Wiedenzhausen, Germany and is responsible for European Sales and Operations and to drive Wittur growth and performance on the European continent.

    Managing Director for Asia Pacific

    Suraj Thodimarath

    Suraj Thodimarath has been appointed as the Managing Director for Asia Pacific and became member of the Executive Management Team in March 2017. He joined the Wittur Group back in November 2015 as Managing Director for India. Suraj Thodimarath brings along over 20 years of extensive experience in Operations, Project Planning, Supply Chain, Sales and Service with large Multinational Industrial Corporations like 3M India, NCR Corporation and Visteon Corporation. Prior to joining the Wittur Group, Suraj worked for the Danaher Corporation as Director (Operations) and he thus brings varied Industry Expertise to Wittur. Suraj is academically well equipped and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as certifications in Lean Manufacturing from the University of Michigan, USA and business management credentials from Harvard Business School. In his current role as Managing Director, Suraj is based at the Wittur Elevator Components India Private Ltd Office in Chennai, India, and is responsible for driving Wittur’s growth and performance in the Asia Pacific region.

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