Succession from within: Tobias Braun to become new CFO of the BENTELER Group
Salzburg, August 11, 2022. The Supervisory Board of BENTELER International AG has appointed Dr. Tobias Braun, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of BENTELER Steel/Tube GmbH, as the new CFO of the BENTELER Group. He will assume the position effective September 1, 2022. Tobias Braun will also continue in his role as Managing Director and CFO of BENTELER Steel/Tube.
After two successful years, Frank Jehle will hand over to his internal successor and leave the company on August 31, 2022. The financial expert, who has many years of experience in the automotive industry, was appointed to the Executive Board by the BENTELER Group in September 2020.
Ralf Göttel, BENTELER Group CEO: "With Tobias Braun, an experienced leader from our own ranks is taking over the important position of CFO of the BENTELER Group. Over the past four years, Tobias has successfully implemented the transformation of the Steel/Tube Division in a dynamic market and thus made an important contribution to the overarching transformation strategy of the BENTELER Group.
I look forward very much to having him also contribute his experience and know-how to the entire Group as a member of the Executive Board in the future.”
Tobias Braun joined the BENTELER Group in 2018 and since then, as Managing Director and CFO of BENTELER Steel/Tube GmbH, has been responsible for Finance and Controlling, Strategy, Human Resources, Purchasing, Marketing/Communications and Compliance, among others. Previously, the
39-year-old from Munich managed numerous projects in the industrial goods, steel and automotive sectors as a partner of the management consultancy Stern Stewart & Co.
Ralf Göttel thanked the outgoing CFO Frank Jehle on behalf of the Executive Board: "Frank Jehle has made a significant contribution to the long-term stabilization of the Group and has played a key role in the operational implementation of the transformation. One important milestone, for example, is the planned sale of the steel tube plant in Shreveport, USA, to Tenaris, which was agreed in July 2022. We would like to thank Frank for his commitment to the BENTELER Group. On behalf of the entire Executive Board, we wish him all the best for the future." Frank Jehle says: "In the past two years, we have implemented significant restructuring measures and thus further strengthened the future viability of the BENTELER Group. I would like to thank the Supervisory Board and the Executive Board of the BENTELER Group for the successful cooperation and am delighted to hand over to Tobias Braun, who is an excellent choice for this position, and I wish him every success in this role."
In addition to Ralf Göttel, CEO, and Tobias Braun, CFO, Michael Baur will continue to be responsible for the operational implementation of the ongoing transformation program as the third member of the Executive Board.
BENTELER continues successful transformation
Ralf Göttel explains: "Our clear goal is to lead BENTELER successfully into the future. The focus of the next phase of the transformation strategy is to further increase our competitiveness in order to grow profitably and sustainably." As part of this, BENTELER is investing, amongst other areas, in e-mobility: These include projects such as the expansion of the BENTELER e-mobility location in Schwandorf, the planned production of our people mover, and the targeted expansion of lightweight construction expertise. The focus on sustainability will also be further intensified: The Steel/Tube Division will, therefore, continue to focus on the decarbonization of steel tube production. In July 2022, the BENTELER Group detailed further goals and initiated numerous measures as part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy.