On November 1, 2004, Jürg Oleas was appointed CEO of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft after having served as a member of the Executive Board since joining the group in May 2001.
In his capacity as a member of the Executive Board, he is responsible not only for all Regions but also for Corporate Development and Communication, Marketing & Branding.
Before joining the company, he spent nearly 20 years with ABB and the Alstom Group where he held several management positions.
Jürg Oleas, a Swiss national, was born in Quito, Ecuador, in December 1957. In 1981, he was awarded a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Dr. Helmut Schmale is in charge of all finance functions and has been a member of the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft since April 1, 2009. Furthermore, he is responsible for the Shared Service Center.
Previously, he held several management positions with GEA over a period of around 16 years. For instance, he served as CFO on the Board of the former Division Energy Technology for 6 years, followed by a 5-year term as President (CEO) of the same division.
Dr. Helmut Schmale was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in November 1956. He earned his degree in business administration and economics from the Ruhr University Bochum in 1982, where he received his PhD in theoretical macroeconomics in 1986.
Steffen Bersch joined the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft on January 1, 2016, and is in charge of the Equipment Business Area.
Holding various management positions at GEA, Steffen Bersch has been with the company since the year 2000. Amongst others, he spent several years as Managing Director for GEA Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and also acted as President of a business unit in the separator division. Until recently, he held the position of Executive Vice President of the Equipment Business Area.
Steffen Bersch was born in Wattenscheid, Germany, in June 1969. He is a graduate food technologist with a focus on biotechnology.
Niels Erik Olsen has been a member of the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft since January 1, 2016, and is responsible for the Solutions Business Area.
Niels Erik Olsen, who until recently acted as Executive Vice President of the Solutions Business Area, joined the company in 1991. Ever since, he has held various management positions within GEA, inter alia in Singapore, China, the USA and Denmark, and was appointed to the Management Board of the former GEA Process Engineering Segment in 2010.
Niels Erik Olsen, a Danish national, was born in Guldborgsund, Denmark, in September 1966 and holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark.
Dr. Stephan Petri was appointed to the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft on June 1, 2012, and is responsible for Human Resources, Legal & Compliance and Internal Audit. In addition, he also acts as Labor Relations Director.
Prior to that, he held the position of GEA’s Head of Legal, which he had taken up in 2005, while serving as Chief Compliance Officer as of 2006, whereupon he also assumed the role of Head of Other Companies.
Before joining GEA, Dr. Stephan Petri worked as an attorney at an international law firm and in the legal department of Hoechst, prior to holding the position of head of the legal department at Aventis holding.
Dr. Stephan Petri was born in Traben-Trarbach, Germany, in February 1964 and holds dual German-US citizenship. He studied law at the universities of Bonn, Geneva (Switzerland) and Cologne, obtained his PhD on the basis of a doctoral thesis on comparative law, and passed the second state examination in law in 1995.