Formel D


  • Dr. Jürgen Laakmann Dr. Jürgen Laakmann CEO
    • Dr. Jürgen Laakmann, CEO, is the chairman of the company's executive board. He joined Formel D in 2002 and has been a member of the executive board since 2005. He was appointed as CEO in July 2017.

      After successfully completing a mechanical engineering degree in manufacturing technology in Aachen, Dr. Laakmann then studied for a PhD in the same subject area. From 1997 to 2000, he initiated, managed and successfully established the foreign branch of a German provider of software to medium-sized manufacturing companies. Before commencing work as a branch head at Formel D in Munich in April 2002, he was marketing director for a South African company responsible for developing its European market.

  • Dr. Knut Michelberger Dr. Knut Michelberger CFO
    • In July 2019, Dr. Knut Michelberger took over the position of CFO on an interim basis. The graduate in business administration and engineering is very familiar with the Formel D Group. He was CFO at Formel D from October 2017 to March 2018 before moving on to the Advisory Board of the Group.

      Dr. Knut Michelberger has long-standing international experience as CFO and Chief Operations Officer (COO). Among other positions, he was the managing director of Kaffee Partner Holding, CFO of Dematic Group as well as RKW SE. Furthermore, he was the CFO and COO of GE Access Capital Solutions, GE Fanuc Automation Europe. At Klöckner Capital Corporation, USA, he held the position of CFO as well as managing director of several subsidiaries.

  • Dinggui Gao Dinggui Gao Managing Director China
    • Dinggui Gao is Formel D’s Managing Director China, since October 2017. He brings over 30 years of experience with internationally operating companies.

      After successfully completing a Mechanical Engineering degree (B.Sc.) in Wuhan and a MBA program in Bejing he joined various companies in leading and executive positions. Prior to Formel D he was President at Sandvik Construction. He also gained extensive experience in the Automotive Industry at Bosch, Honeywell and Eagle Ottawa.

  • José Luis Estévez José Luis Estévez Vice President Western Europe
    • José Luis Estévez, Vice President Western Europe, is leading Formel D’s activities in Western Europe, which includes Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. He joined Formel D in 2002 and took over the role of Vice President in August, 2017.

      As Industrial Electronics Engineer, Estévez brings over 20 years of experience in the Automotive Industry. At Formel D Spain he was responsible for the production sector, developed subsidiaries around Spain, managed projects internationally and was in charge of the North America business for several years.

  • Ilona Eulitz Ilona Eulitz Vice President Human Resources & Marketing
    • Ilona Eulitz has been Vice President of Human Resources & Marketing at Formel D since June of 2019. A graduate in business administration, she had already been previously employed in the automotive industry and began her career at the Textron Automotive Company, Textron Inc. Beginning with Kautex Textron, in a short time she assumed responsibility for the national and international sections of HR management.

      After five years Ilona Eulitz took over personnel management at HUGO BOSS Industries Ltd. in Tessin, Switzerland. She also looks back on experiences as the personnel manager at the digital multi-channel media house Ströer SE & Co. KG (Cologne, Germany), where, among others, she conducted numerous M & A projects. Since 2007, she has additionally been the proprietor of i-form-consulting (Bonn, Germany), which provides services in personnel management. Ilona Eulitz was employed as the Director of Human Resources Global at Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG Services (Neustadt/Wied, Germany) until her start at Formel D.

  • Matthias Grossmann Matthias Grossmann Vice President Strategy & Digitalization
    • Matthias Grossmann is head of the Strategy & Digitalization unit. He joined Formel D in September 2018 and has comprehensive international experience in quality management and the service industry, specifically in the area of digitalization.

      After completing his engineering degree at RWTH Aachen, Matthias Grossmann helped establish Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation in Boston, gaining important experience in the automotive industry as part of major projects. From 2000 to 2013, he headed a foreign subsidiary for a German quality management software provider as managing director. From 2009 onward, he was also responsible for global product development, in charge of key German OEMs together with his team. Before moving on to Formel D, he acted as COO for an IT/digitalization expert.

  • Gerry Hodapp Gerry Hodapp Vice President Business Development
    • Gerry Hodapp is the Vice President Business Development. He joined Formel D in 2014, as the Director responsible for the NAFTA. In 2016 he was elevated as Vice President of the Americas. Since 2019 he has held his current position in which he focuses on the business development.

      Mr. Hodapp has over 40 years of extensive experience in all areas of strategic business development and growth in the Automobile Industry. He held senior leadership positions at Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation prior to establishing his own consulting practice in 2005. His consulting engagements with Formel D developed into his current role with the company.

  • Dr. Marcel Klehr Dr. Marcel Klehr Vice President Germany
    • Marcel Klehr joined Formel D in 2012, and assumed responsibility for Formel D activities in Germany as Vice President Germany in July 2017. He has also been responsible for the Formel D subsidiary in South Africa since 2013.

      Previously, he managed an operational region in Germany from Böblingen. From 2013 to 2016, he acted as Head of Sales in Germany. Before joining Formel D as a project manager in Munich in 2012, he worked for several years for a major system supplier in the construction industry as a sales and project manager.

  • Dennis Kunz Dennis Kunz Vice President Americas
    • Dennis Kunz joined Formel D in the USA in 2008. During his career as Key Account Manager, Project Manager, Technical Director and Director of Operations, he has set up and expanded the Formel D organization in North America. Furthermore, he has played a key role in establishing Formel D as a partner for our customers at multiple locations in the United States. Based on his years of experience at the company and his strong track record, he was appointed Vice President Americas at the beginning of 2019.

      Before coming aboard at Formel D, Dennis Kunz completed a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten, Allgaeu.

  • Martin Pekár Martin Pekár Vice President Central & Eastern Europe
    • Martin Pekár joined Formel D in 2013, first as the Sales Director and then Operations Director and is now heading Formel D in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia and Romania. He took over the role of Vice President CEE in August, 2017.

      After completing the Machine Engineering High School in 2001, Martin Pekár worked for various Automotive OEMs and a power engineering service provider and has held various positions. Starting as Quality Inspector, he was promoted to Supervisor, Coordinator, Project Manager, Branch Director and Managing Director. In 2011 he joined the MBA program at UNYP University in Prague.







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