Leipold Group advisory board

Beirat Leipold Group

The members of our advisory board, from left to right are:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl, Franz Kook, Dr.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Schiefer (Chairman)

These skilled, experienced individuals provide us with advice and support concerning important strategic and operational issues.

The Leipold Group advisory board is made up of the following:


Member of the advisory board Profile
Prof. Dr.-Ing.           Thomas Bauernhansl

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bauernhansl is the Director of the Institute for Industrial Manufacturing and Factory Operation (IFF) at the University of Stuttgart, and of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart. Previously, he spent 9 years within the Freudenberg Group, where his last position was Vice President Global Process Development. Mr. Bauernhansl completed his PhD at the Department of Production Systems of the Machine Tools and Production Engineering Laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University.

Franz Kook Franz Kook was the Chief Executive of Duravit AG from 1991 to 2011. He began his career at Duravit in 1970, where he worked fo 41 years with great success and contributed to the company's current strong market position. Alongside his professional career, Franz Kook is involved in several associations and organisations, notably acting as Deputy President of the Southern Upper Rhine CCI and President of the German Ceramic Industry Federation.
Dr.-Ing.                      Karl-Heinz Schiefer,   Chairman of the Advisory Board

Dr.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Schiefer was the Chairman of the Board of Carl Leipold GmbH from 1982 to 2012. During this time, the company evolved from a turning shop to an industrial development partner. The incorporation of the companies HORA and Täfler along with a strengthened international orientation helped Leipold to achieve further growth.