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Heinz Hermann Thiele

Heinz Hermann Thiele

Owner, Knorr-Bremse
Born: 2nd April 1941 in Mainz, Germany.

Marital status: married, 2 children.


1962-68 Law studies in Munich.

1969 Heinz Hermann Thiele joins Knorr-Bremse as a consultant for legal, patent and licence affairs.

1972 Head of legal and patent affairs.

1975 Director sales, Truck division.

1979 Managing Director sales Knorr-Bremse.

09/1985 CEO of Knorr-Bremse AG (corporate structure of the Knorr-Bremse Group).

12/1985 Heinz Hermann Thiele acquires a majority share in the company.

In the following years Thiele developed a global strategy with a technical focus on complete break systems. Later he added competence in automatic doors for railways and HVAC systems (climate control). The execution of the strategy was very successful.

2007 Heinz Hermann Thiele left the position as CEO and became Chairman of the Supervisory Board.