Our Senior Management
Dr. Michael Büchsner- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Dr. Michael Büchsner is the Chief Executive Officer. Over the past 20 years, he held a number of senior positions at components supplier TRW in Austria, Germany and the USA, and, following its takeover of TRW, at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Most recently, he was global head of the Passive Safety Systems division. The main focus of his activities were strategy, finances, investments, and customer relations. Dr. Michael Büchsner holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Graz, at which he later completed a doctorate, and an Executive MBA awarded by the St. Gallen Institute.
Mark Wilhelms - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Mark Wilhelms is the Chief Financial Officer and a managing director of Stabilus GmbH. With 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, Mr. Wilhelms joined Stabilus in 2009 from FTE Automotive, where he served as Chief Financial Officer for six years. From 2007, he was also head of the NAFTA region at FTE. Prior to that, he held various positions at Ford in Cologne, Essex, Michigan and Belgium in an over 17-year career there. He holds a degree in Process Engineering as well as a degree in Economics. Mr. Wilhelms was appointed to the Management Board in 2014. Since August 29, 2018 he has been member of the Supervisory Board of NORMA Group SE.
Markus Schädlich - Asia-Pacific region
Markus Schädlich is the Head of the Asia-Pacific region. In recent seven years, he directed the development of Jost Werke AG in Japan/Asia. The main focus of his activities was the fostering of growth and integration of the company’s Asia activities into the overall corporate strategy. Prior to that, he spent several years working for a Japan based management consultancy, specializing in the management of global companies, strategy implementation- and M&A projects. During this time, he held board-member positions of various global players in Asia (Karmann, Magna, Jungbunzlauer, IAV, Saferay etc.). His career began in 1995 at Webasto, where, from 1998 onwards, he oversaw the setting up of the Thermo Systems unit in Japan and Korea, subsequently moving on from there to Jost. He studied Production Technology at the Technical University of Munich. Until 2018 he was Representative Director of Jungbunzlauer Japan Co. Ltd. and of Lamilux Japan Co. Ltd. Mr. Schädlich was appointed to the Management Board in 2018.
Our Supervisory Board
Dr. Stephan Kessel has served as a member of the Supervisory Board since 2014 and as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2018. From August 2018 to July 2019, he led Stabilus as Interim CEO and then returned to the position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. For many years, he was a member of the managing board at Continental AG, and the company’s CEO until 2002. Since then Dr. Kessel has taken up a number of board positions at European companies including Stabilus. From 2008 through 2010, Dr. Kessel was Chairman of the Board of the former holding company of the operating Stabilus Group and acted as Stabilus’ CEO for a certain period. In addition to his position at Stabilus, he currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Boards of Novem Beteiligungs GmbH and Dayco Products L.L.C.
Dr. Joachim Rauhut has served as a member of the Supervisory Board since May 12, 2015. He was a member of the Executive Board of Wacker Chemie AG until October 31, 2015. He joined the Management Board of Wacker-Chemie GmbH in 2001 and supported Wacker Chemie’s initial public offering in 2006. Previously, he served in various leading corporate positions, including posts at Mannesmann AG and Krauss-Maffei AG. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of MTU Aero Engines AG, B. Braun Melsungen AG and creditshelf AG, as well as member of the Advisory Counsel of J. Heinrich Kramer Holding GmbH.
Dr. Ralf-Michael Fuchs has served as a member of the Supervisory Board since 2015. He was member of the Dürr Senior Executive Board and Chief Executive of Division Measuring and Process Systems until 2017. He served as Chairman of the board of various Dürr companies and as Chairman of the management board of Carl SCHENCK AG. Before he joined Dürr AG in 2000, he held various leading positions at IWKA AG and AGIV AG. From 2004 until 2018 he was member of the Board of Directors of Nagahama Seisakusho Ltd., Japan.
Dr. Dirk Linzmeier has served as a member of the Supervisory Board since 2018. He is CEO of the Osram Continental GmbH. From 2006 to 2017 he held several leading positions in the development of driver assistance systems and automotive electronics at Robert Bosch GmbH. From 2014 to 2017 he served as Vice President and Managing Director of an Automotive Electronics Business Unit and as Vice President of Corporate Start-up Management. Prior to that, he worked as a development engineer in Advanced Development at DaimlerChrysler AG.