As planned, Lienhard, who has been in charge since 2008, will retire in 2018 upon completion of his second term in office at the age of 67. The change at the top will take place on April 1st 2018.
Stephan Schaller, born in 1957, studied mechanical engineering at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen. From 1981 to 1999, he held management and executive positions at BMW Group. After four years, initially as head of technical planning, then in the technical management of Linde AG’s refrigeration division, Schaller joined Volkswagen AG in 2004 as head of production for the commercial vehicle division. Since 2007, he has been Chairman of the Board of Management of commercial vehicle brand of Volkswagen. In 2010, he became Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Schott AG before being appointed head of the global motorcycle division of BMW Group in June 2012. Schaller has been a member of the Shareholders’ Committee of Voith since October 1st 2015.
At the same time, Dr. Hubert Lienhard will be appointed to the Shareholders’ Committee with effect from April 1st 2018. He will take the current seat of Stephan Schaller in this committee.