GEA is led by an Executive Board consisting of four team members. This committee is the executive body for the GEA Group and is responsible for the overall management of the global business, which includes operations on all continents. The Executive Board represents the Group internally and externally and oversees its administration. The members of the GEA Executive Board are appointed by the Supervisory Board for a term of three years.
Stefan Klebert took over as Chairman of the Executive Board on February 18, 2019, and has been a member since November 15, 2018.
In his capacity as a member of the Executive Board, he also has the role of Labor Relations Director. In addition to Human Resources, he is in charge of the departments Communication, Marketing & Branding, Corporate Development, Internal Audit and Legal & Compliance. Since March 14, 2019, he has taken responsibility for the Business Area Solutions.
Previously, Stefan Klebert worked eight years for international industrial group Schuler AG as CEO. He began his career in marketing and sales in the automation technology division of Festo. In addition, he has held a number of management positions in various stock-listed companies, including managing director in the elevator industry at Schindler and divisional board member at Thyssenkrupp.
Stefan Klebert was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in June 1965. He is a trained mechanic, having studied mechanical engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Brunel University, London.
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. During his career he spent several years as Managing Director for GEA Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and also held the position of 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 food technologist graduate having specialized in biotechnology.
Marcus A. Ketter joined the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft on May 20, 2019. He is responsible for all finance functions as well as IT.
Prior to his appointment to the GEA Executive Board, Marcus Ketter was a member of the Executive Board and CFO of Klöckner & Co SE, a steel and metal distributor, for six years. He began his career in 1993 as a controller and then as Head of the CEO's Office for energy producer STEAG AG. From 1999 to 2011 he held various management positions, among others at Nasdaq-listed Mattson Technology, Inc., Fremont, California, and within the thyssenkrupp group. From 2011 to 2012 Marcus Ketter served as CFO and Labor Director for the industrial group, Schuler AG.
The economics graduate was born in Essen, Germany, in April 1968. He holds a degree in macroeconomics from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School in New York.
Martine Snels joined the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft on October 1, 2017, and is responsible for GEA’s regions and countries organization.
Belgian by nationality, Martine Snels has held a number of management positions in various multinational companies in the food and agricultural sectors. She brings more than 20 years of global business experience while being based in Belgium, Singapore and the Netherlands. Until recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ingredients and member of the Executive Board at Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.
Martine Snels was born in Hoogstraten, Belgium, in February 1969. She was awarded a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and studied mathematics.