Executive Board

Dr Albrecht Köhler, CEO

Dr Albrecht Köhler

Spokesman of the Executive Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

He is directly responsible at Schaltbau for corporate development, personnel, communication, and control of the Components segment as well as the Group-wide design and implementation of restructuring measures. Prior to joining Schaltbau, Dr Albrecht Köhler over three decades gained a wealth of strategic and operational expertise in various executive sales and operations positions, at Deutsche / Daimler-Benz / Daimler Chrysler Aerospace (today part of Airbus), among other organisations, and afterwards at Knorr Bremse where he acted as a managing director of the rolling stock business unit for many years. Building on this experience, he became Deputy CEO at the Russian utility vehicle maker GAZ Group, and finally acted as freelance interim CEO / COO, before taking the CEO role at Schaltbau in 2018.
Dr Albrecht Köhler holds a PhD in mechanical engineering.

Thomas Dippold, CFO

Thomas Dippold

Member of the Executive Board, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

In his role at Schaltbau, he is responsible for financial reporting, controlling, treasury, IT, compliance and risk management. Building on the broad range of responsibility gained in controlling functions at HSBC, controlling consultancy CTcon and glass manufacturer Schott, Thomas Dippold was soon given wider commercial responsibility and, after several years of working internationally, most recently he acted as CFO at stationery producer Faber Castell before joining Schaltbau in 2017.
Thomas Dippold holds a degree in economics and is Master of Business Administration.

Volker Kregelin, Member of the Executive Board

Volker Kregelin

Member of the Executive Board

His activities at Schaltbau focus on managing the segments Mobile and Stationary Transportation Technology. In this role, Volker Kregelin applies comprehensive leadership, sales and operations know how gained in over twenty years. In the early days of his professional life he proved himself in various capacities at Siemens Verkehrstechnik and Adtranz / Bombardier Transportation in the areas of rail infrastructure and railway traction vehicles. He then took responsibility for manufacturing sites worldwide at intralogistics expert Dematic. Later in his career he returned to Bombardier Transportation where he took over management responsibility for the stationary transportation technology in Germany. After that, in the role of sales head Germany he further developed business relations in the area of mobile transportation technology, before joining Schaltbau.
Volker Kregelin holds a degree in engineering and a supplementary degree in economics. He comes with multi-year international experience obtained in Eastern Europe and in Asia.

Dr Jürgen Brandes, Member of the Executive Board

Dr Jürgen Brandes

Member of the Executive Board

His activities at Schaltbau focus on managing the segment Components. In this role, Dr Jürgen Brandes can look back on more than 35 years of professional experience in the fields of electrical engineering, electrical engineering and automation. During his many years at Siemens AG, he gained operational and strategic management experience in all key corporate functions, including numerous general management functions - most recently as CEO of the Process Industries and Drives division. Dr Brandes also has deep industry knowledge in diverse process industries, in supplier industries, in engineering, and especially in electromobility and the rail sector, including modern signalling technology.
With effect from 1 January 2021, Dr Brandes will succeed Dr Köhler as Chairman of the Executive Board of Schaltbau Holding AG, whose appointment will expire due to age.

Supervisory Board

  • Dr Hans Fechner

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    Business Consultant

  • Prof Dr Thorsten Grenz

    Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    Business Consultant

  • Andreas Knitter

    Business Consultant

  • Jeannine Pilloud

    Delegate for the industry development of public transport in Switzerland
    Swiss Federal Railways SBB

  • Achim Stey

    Employee Representative

  • Herbert Treutinger

    Employee Representative