Voith Turbo Board of Management
Dr. Uwe Knotzer
Chairman Voith Turbo
After studying process engineering Dr. Uwe Knotzer obtained a doctoral degree at the Institute of Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology at Graz University of Technology in Austria. He started his career at Voith Paper in 2002 in St. Poelten in the Board and Packing division as leader of the Technology Service department. In 2004 he was appointed manager of the AMB business and in 2005 also manager of the CE application department in St. Poelten. From 2008 to 2013 he worked for Voith Paper in China, initially as Vice President Sales for the Rolls Division. One year later he changed to the Management Board of the Voith Paper FRS division in the function as Global Product Manager. 2011 to 2012 he was member of the Management Board of Voith Paper Asia in charge for Asian P&S business. 2012 to 2015 Dr. Uwe Knotzer was a Member of the Management Board of Voith Paper, and he was in charge of the Business Line Products and Services.
On October 13, 2015 Uwe Knotzer was appointed a member of the Corporate Board of Management and Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Turbo.
Integrated Supply Chain
After completing his degree in mechanical engineering, Rolf Schweizer was initially employed as a development engineer at Sulzer Innotec AG. Between 2003 and 2011 he held various management roles at General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag GmbH, a manufacturer of specialist vehicles. In 2011 he moved to Stadler Bussnang AG, where in his capacity as a member of the Management Board and Development Director he was responsible for project management and product development for regional and intercity trains.
In 2015 Rolf Schweizer joined Voith Turbo in Heidenheim, where he assumed responsibility for the product group electromechanical drive systems for rail applications and special vehicles. He has been a member of the Management Board since October 2016 and is in charge of the Functional Area Integrated Supply Chain.
Finance and Controlling
After studying business management at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, the graduate economist started his professional career in the internal audits department of ABB in Baden, Switzerland. After an overseas appointment at ABB in Ireland he was entrusted with his first senior position at ABB Kraftwerke AG in Baden, Switzerland. From 1998 to 2002, Matthias Lindeman headed the internal audits department of ABB AG in Mannheim, responsible for Germany and Eastern Europe.
He then joined Voith Turbo in Heidenheim to take up a position as Commercial Manager of the Business Division Rail. In 2005 he took over as Commercial Manager of Voith Paper Fabrics. Since 2006, Matthias Lindemann has been a Member of the Management Board of Voith Turbo, where he is responsible for Finance and Controlling.
Business Division Industry
Benno Morlock studied Strategic Marketing, Industrial Management and Psychology at the University of Mannheim. Prior to his time with Voith, he worked for Kodak as Director of Distribution Partner Alliances in Europe. Whilst there he was involved initially with marketing planning, strategic corporate planning and project management. He also worked for several years in the USA as Product and Platform Manager. His final years at Kodak were characterized by sales-related assignments in Europe.
The business graduate with a master's degree in business administration came to Voith Turbo in 2008 and took over the leadership of the Startup Components Business Unit. Benno Morlock has been a member of the Management Board of the Voith Turbo Group Division since April 2013 and has been in charge of the Division Mining & Metals since October 2013. Since June 2016 he is in charge of the Division Industry.
Business Division Mobility
Cornelius Weitzmann studied industrial engineering at Karlsruhe in Germany and Seville in Spain. He then worked as a project leader and member of the management for a well-known German management consultancy firm from 2002 onwards.
In 2007, Weitzmann moved to Voith, where he took up a management position in strategic planning. 2009, he became Managing director at Voith Paper Inc. in Appleton, USA and in 2011, he was appointed President of Fabric & Roll Systems EMEA.
As a member of the Management Board of the Voith Turbo Group Division, Cornelius Weitzmann was responsible for the Power, Oil & Gas Division since April 2015. Since June 2016 he is in charge of the Division Mobility.
Dr. Kai U. Ziegler
New Technologies & Development
Following his studies in mechanical engineering Dr. Kai Ziegler obtained a doctoral degree at the Institute of Jet Propulsion and Turbomachinery at RWTH Aachen University. He started his industrial career in 2001 as Development Engineer and Project Manager at MTU Aero Engines. In 2005 he joined MAN Diesel & Turbo as Head of Calculation and R&D Compressors before taking over responsibility for the company’s comprehensive compressor portfolio as Vice President Engineering in 2009. Among other projects, he introduced sophisticated aero engine compressor technologies in industrial applications during this time.
Since July 2016 Dr. Kai Ziegler is Chief Technology Officer of the Group Division Voith Turbo. He is member of the Management Board of Voith Turbo and in charge of the Functional Area New Technologies & Development.