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 acts as Labor Director. In addition, he is in charge of the departments Communication, Marketing & Branding, Corporate Development, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Legal & Compliance.
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.
Martine Snels joined the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft on October 1, 2017, and is responsible for GEA’s regions and countries organization.
Martine Snels is Belgian by nationality and has held a number of management positions in various multinational companies in the food and agricultural sector. She brings more than 20 years of global business experience while being based in Belgium, Singapore and the Netherlands. Until recently, she acted as Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ingredients and member of the Executive Board at Royal FrieslandCampina N.V.
She was awarded a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and studied Mathematics, and was born in Hoogstraten, Belgium, in February 1969.