Reinhard Ploss (KnorrBremse)

Outgoing Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss is allowing himself just two months’ rest: After leaving the company on March 31, the 66-year-old will stand for election to the Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse at the end of May. He is then to take over as Chairman, replacing 78-year-old former Daimler manager Klaus Mangold. The change at the top of the Supervisory Board is “planned for the long term,” said Mangold. Reinhard Ploss has served as CEO of Infineon since October; in 2020, Handelsblatt named him “Manager of the Year.”

New boss for Dahnke, Enders, Sommer, Weimer

He has already gained experience as a supervisory board member – and not just within the Infineon Group: Among other things, the engineer sits on the supervisory board of Futurium, a non-profit GmbH that operates the “House of the Future” in Berlin. On the Knorr-Bremse Supervisory Board, Ploss will meet several current and former top managers: Ottobock CFO Kathrin Dahnke, Tom Enders, ex-VW board member Stefan Sommer and stock exchange boss Theodor Weimer sit on the board. Also on board is Julia Thiele-Schürhoff, daughter and heiress of Heinz-Hermann Thiele, who died a year ago. The patriarch had taken over Knorr-Bremse at the end of the 1980s and turned it into a global company.