Dirk Stenkamp taking over the Chairmanship of the TÜV NORD AG Board of Management

Hannover, Germany: Dirk Stenkamp (54) took over as chairman of the TÜV NORD GROUP Board of Management, replacing Guido Rettig (63), who spent ten years in the Group’s top position, stepping down as planned.
Dr. Dirk Stenkamp / ©TÜV NORD

At the turn of 2016/2017, the technical testing group with more than 13,000 employees got a new management structure. The management board has been reduced from five to three members. The other two board members are Jürgen Himmelsbach (48, Finance) and Harald Reutter (60, HR).

The new Chairman, Dirk Stenkamp, studied physics and obtained his doctorate in 1994 at the Jülich research centre and RWTH Aachen University. There then followed periods of study residence, including one at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in the US. After holding various executive and management positions at the ZEISS group, Stenkamp moved to centrotherm photovoltaics AG as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. In 2013 he was appointed to the Board of TÜV NORD AG. Since 2014, he has been a visiting professor at Shanghai Maritime University.

Stenkamp: “The tasks we’re confronted with are a great source of motivation for the entire Board of Management. We’re in the throes of the digital transformation, which is opening up new opportunities. The world around us is becoming ever more closely networked, increasing the need among companies and consumers for security and trust. In the future we want to offer even more comprehensive security services: for the Internet of things, autonomous driving or defence against hacker attacks. Innovative digital business models are being developed and tested in all parts of the company. The Board of Management is going to continue to pursue the Group’s policy of international orientation.”

As of 1 January 2017, the business transactions of the TÜV NORD GROUP are managed by a new and integrated committee, the Group Executive Committee (GEC). It consists of the Board of Management and one representative from the six business units (Industrial Services, Mobility, Natural Resources, Training, Aerospace and IT).

After more than a decade at the top of the Group, Guido Rettig resigned as Chairman as planned at the end of 2016. Mobility Director Klaus Kleinherbers (62) also stepped down as planned from the Board of Management. Both will maintain their connections with the company as shareholders.