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Corporate Governance

Name Position Since
Jan Klingelnberg Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 2004
Philipp Kannengießer Chief Operating Officer (COO) 2022
Christoph Küster Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 2015
Prasad Kizhakel Chief Sales Officer (CSO) 2021


SWISS, 1971, CEO SINCE 2004

Before he became CEO in 2004 Jan Klingelnberg was the director of the business unit cylindrical gears of KLINGELNBERG GmbH, Germany as of 2002. Between 2000 and 2002, he held various roles for ZF Passau GmbH in Brazil and the US and, before that, worked as manager corporate strategy planning at SMS Demag AG in Germany. Jan Klingelnberg has been a member of the managing board of the VDMA since 2008 and a member of the Supervisory Board of INDUS Holding AG since 2023. Mr. Klingelnberg was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of KLINGELNBERG AG by the Annual General Meeting in August 2023 and has since performed his function as CEO as Delegate of the Board of Directors. Jan Klingelnberg holds a degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Philipp Kannengießer, COO

GERMAN, 1973, COO SINCE 2022

Philipp Kannengießer became COO of the KLINGELNBERG Group in 2022. Previously, between 2016 and 2022, he was CFO / COO at Rothenberger AG. Mr. Kannengießer launched his career in 2000 at SMS Group GmbH, where he started out as a member of corporate staff working in internal consultancy. Still with the SMS Group, between 2003 and 2012, he was CFO at SMS Elotherm GmbH and between 2013 and 2016, CFO at SMS Concast AG. Philipp Kannengießer holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster, Germany.


GERMAN, 1974, CFO SINCE 2015

Christoph Küster joined KLINGELNBERG GmbH, Germany, as Managing Director in 2014. Before that, from 2003 until 2013 he occupied various positions in finance and controlling at Salzgitter group in Germany. Christoph Küster had started his career in 1995 at V+M Tubes in Germany, where he stayed until he left for university studies in 1998. He holds a degree in business administration from Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council of HDI Global. 

Prasad Kizhakel, CSO

Indian, 1969, CSO since 2021

Prasad Kizhakel has been the CSO of the Group since 2021, after having been the Managing Director of KLINGELNBERG India Pvt. Ltd., since 2012. Mr. Kizhakel has been successfully handling various functions and different task profiles for KLINGELNBERG AG since 1998. Previously he worked in the Auto Planning division of Tata Motors in India between 1995 and 1998. Prasad Kizhakel started his career at Larsen & Toubro Ltd., in India, where he supported the Heavy Engineering Unit. Mr. Kizhakel holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology - Jaipur, India and completed a Finance Course for Senior Managers at the London Business School.