Executive Directorate

VDMA

The Executive Directorate manages the association

Thilo Brodtmann
Executive Director

1964
Born in Oettingen

1974 - 1984
Josef-Hofmiller-Gymnasium, Freising
 

1984 - 1990

University of Bayreuth, Business administration Economics

Graduated with a degree in business studies (Dipl.-Kfm.)

1991 - 1994
Economics expert in the VDMA Precision Tools Association

1995 - 1998 
Managing Director of the VDMA Precision Tools Association

1996 - 1998
General Manager der International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA Precision), Frankfurt

1999 - 2001
Member of the VDMA Executive Directorate

1999 - 2014 
Managing Director of the Robotics + Automation Association

2000 - 2014
Managing Director of the Productronics Association 

2001 - 2015
Deputy Executive Director of VDMA

seit 2015
Executive Director of the German Engineering Association (VDMA – Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau)

 

Hartmut Rauen
Deputy Executive Director 

 

1966    
Born in Wittlich

1987 – 1992    
Studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen

1992 - 1994    
Joined VDMA Research Association for Combustion Engines

since 1994    
Research Association for Drive Technology (FVA), Managing Director since 1996

since 1995    
Managing Director of VDMA Fluid Power Association

since 1996    
Managing director of the VDMA Power Transmission Engineering Association

1997 – 1998    
General Secretary of the Federation of European Bearing Manufacturers' Association (FEBMA)

since 1999    
Member of the Executive Directorate of the VDMA, with responsibility for technology, standards, research, education and innovation

since 1999    
Member of the DFAM board (German research association for the use of microelectronics)

since 2012    
Member of the curatorship of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA)

since 2012    
Member of the curatorship of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

since 2012    
Chairperson of the board of directors of the Research Association for Mechanical Engineering (FKM)

since 2015    
Deputy Executive Director of VDMA

since 2019
Member of the curatorship at the National Metrology Institute of Germany (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, PTB)

 

Naemi Denz
Member of Executive Directorate

1975    
Born in Hanover

2002    
Dipl.-Ing. qualification in Environmental Science and Technology

2002    
Research assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development

2003    
Employee of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Environment Ministry

2005    
Environmental assessor (state examination)

2007    
Employee of VDMA Thermo Process and Waste Treatment Technology specialist association

2007    
Member of the Board of the European Committee of Environmental Technology Suppliers Associations (EUCETSA)

2007    
Spokesperson for VDMA Environmental Technology Forum

2009    
Deputy managing director of Thermo Process and Waste Treatment Technology, Metallurgical Plants and Rolling Mills and Foundry Machinery specialist associations

2011    
Managing director of VDMA Waste and Recycling Technology specialist association
Head of VDMA Technology and the Environment department

2011    
Member of the Supervisory Board of DAU – Deutsche Akkreditierungs- und
Zulassungsgesellschaft für Umweltgutachter mbH [German Association for Accreditation and Recognition of Environmental Auditors], Bonn

2015    
Member of the VDMA Executive Directorate

 

Dr. Bernd Scherer

Member of Executive Directorate

1956    
Born in Olpe

1976 – 1982    
Studied Agricultural Science in Bonn

1982 – 1992    
Business consultant at AFC-Unternehmensberatung, Bonn; Partner

1987    
Doctorate (Dr. agr.)

since 1992    
VDMA, Frankfurt
Managing director of Agricultural Machinery, Fire Fighting Equipment, Municipal Equipment associations
Managing director of the Agricultural Machinery Industry Foundation
Managing director of the Agriculatural Machinery working group

since 1999    
Member of the Executive Directorate with responsibility for European strategy, European Office, project management, corporate identity

 

Dr. Ralph Wiechers

Member of Executive Directorate

 

1959    
Born in Höxter

1977–1979    

Trained as industrial management assistant, Arntz-Optibelt KG, Höxter

 

1980–1986    

Studied for degree in economics, Karlsruhe and Mainz

 

1987–1991    
Research associate at Institute of Public Finance at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz; awarded a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.)

 

1991    
Joined VDMA


1991–1995    
Economics advisor in office of Executive Directorate


1995–1998    
Head of office of Executive Directorate


1998–2000    
Head of Economic and Social Policy department


Since 1998    
Head of Tax department


Since 2000    
Head of National Economy and Statistics department/chief economist


Since 2015    
Member of Executive Directorate, responsible for finance; Managing director of Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Maschinenbaus mbH (GzF)