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TÜV SÜD AG - Board of Management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken
Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG

Axel Stepken was born in Essen, Germany. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen and achieved his PhD in High Voltage Engineering in 1989.

Upon completion of his PhD, Axel Stepken worked at ABB where he held several Management positions in Germany and Indonesia within the Power Transmission and Distribution Segment. He joined TÜV SÜD AG as Member of the Board of Management responsible for the INDUSTRY and the former PEOPLE Strategic Business Segments as well as the Strategic Region ASIA. In June 2007 Axel Stepken was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Management. 

Dr. Matthias J. Rapp
Member of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG

Born in 1967 in Schramberg/Schwarzwald (Black Forest), Matthias J. Rapp studied Business Administration at WHU (Otto Beisheim School of Management) Koblenz, ESC Lyon and Manchester Business School. He completed his doctorate at WHU Koblenz from 1992 to 1995. 


Matthias J. Rapp started his professional career with the global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group before moving to industry in 1997, where he has since held positions as Chief Financial Officer in several prestigious companies, most recently as CFO of Webasto SE. Matthias J. Rapp was appointed Member of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG with effect from August 2013 and is responsible for Finance and Controlling.


Mr. Ishan Palit

Ishan Palit
Member of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG

Ishan Palit was born in 1968 in Mumbai, India. He studied in the USA and the UK, and holds a Bachelors Degree from Davidson College, USA, a General Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, USA.

Ishan Palit started his career with the American multinational “Rotary Corporation”, a supplier to the Automotive and Small Engine industry. He joined the TÜV SÜD Group in 1994 and founded the TÜV SÜD operations in India. As COO and then the CEO, he was responsible for the successful development of TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific and was subsequently promoted to CEO of the Global Product Service Division. Ishan Palit was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the TÜV SÜD Group in May 2017, responsible for operations and sales across all Divisions and geographies.

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  • TÜV SÜD AG - Supervisory Board

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jörg Bullinger
    Senator of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 

    Harald Gömpel
    (Deputy Chairman)
    Chairman of the works council
    TÜV Technische Überwachung Hessen GmbH

    Dr. Christine Bortenlänger
    Member of the Executive Board
    Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.

    Wolfgang Dehen
    Chairman of the Management Board
    Osram Licht AG (up to 31 Dec 2014)

    Dr.-Ing. Klaus Draeger
    Member of the Management Board
    BMW Group (up to 30 Sep 2016)

    Thomas Eder*
    First Deputy Chairman of the works council Bayern Südost 
    TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH

    Jörg Frimberger*
    Chairman of the works council Ansbach/Nürnberg
    TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH

    Dr. Jörg Matthias Großmann 
    Member of the Board / CFO 
    Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG

    Albert Hofmann*
    Chairman of the works council Greater area Munich
    TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH

    Franz Holzhammer*
    Union representative

    Peter Kardel*
    Chairman of the central works council 
    TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH

    Wolfram Reiners* 
    Chairman of the central works council
    TÜV SÜD Business Services GmbH

    Angelique Renkhoff-Mücke 
    Member of the Executive Board / CEO
    WAREMA Renkhoff SE

    Kurt Seitz*
    Representative Executive Staff
    TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH

    Prof. Dr. Rudolf Staudigl
    Chairman of the Management Board
    Wacker Chemie AG

    Dr. Eberhard Veit
    Chief Executive Officer
    4.0-Veit GbR
    CEO Festo (until E. 2015)

    * Labour representative

  • TÜV SÜD e.V. - Board of Directors

    Aldo BelloniProf. Dr.-Ing. Aldo Belloni
    CEO (ret.) of
    Linde AG



    Counsel Bernhard Behm

    Managing Director

    TÜV SÜD e.V.

    Reinhold Haas
    Head Finance and Group-Accounting (ret.) of

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lienkamp
    Institute of Automotive Technology (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
    Technische Universität München

    Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel
    Director of the ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Resources
    Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

    Thomas Busch
    Employee representative
    (guest member)

  • TÜV SÜD - Shareholders' Committee GbR

    RA Alfred SauterRA Alfred Sauter, MdL
    State Minister (ret.), Sauter & Wurm Rechtsanwälte 

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Aldo Belloni
    CEO (ret.) of
    Linde AG

    Bertram Brossardt
    Managing Director of
    Bavarian Business Association

    Dr. Karl Huber

    President (ret.) of the
    Bavarian Constitutional Court


    Corinna Schittenhelm

    Member of the Board of Management

    Schaeffler AG


    Horst Schneider
    Member of the Board of Management (ret.)

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jörg Bullinger
    Senator of 
    (guest member)

  • TÜV SÜD Stiftung (Foundation) - Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

    Board of Trustees

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
    President Emeritus Technische Universität München

    Josef Bichler
    Head of Corporate Controlling (ret.) of TÜV SÜD AG

    Dirk Eilers
    Member of the Board of Management (ret.) of TÜV SÜD AG
    (Deputy Chairman) 

    Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler
    Member of the European Parliament

    Johann Schwaiger
    Employee representative
    (guest member)

    Board of Directors

    Dipl.-Ing. Horst Schneider
    Member of the Board of Management (ret.) of TÜV SÜD AG

  • TÜV SÜD PSB Singapore Management Profile

    Niranjan Nadkarni

    Niranjan Nadkarni
    Chief Executive Officer, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa

    Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. He is responsible for the strategic and corporate growth of the markets under his purview. In his current role, his key focus is to augment synergies within the sub-region by leveraging personnel and business competencies available to strengthen service and market portfolio of each sub-region.

    With over two decades of experience, Niranjan started his career with SKF Bearings India Pvt. Ltd. In 1995, he made an unconventional move to join a five-member team at TÜV SÜD. He then qualified to become a Lead Auditor for management system certification ISO 9001, QS 9000, VDA 6.1 and TS 16949. During this tenure, he performed audits and training in many markets across the globe such as USA, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, ASEAN and South Asia.

    In 1998, he was appointed the head of South India region for TÜV SÜD South Asia. After managing this portfolio for over eight years, Niranjan was appointed as Vice President- Product Services, with the thrust to set up the Product Services portfolio in South Asia. He was instrumental in establishing a network of state-of-the-art laboratories for food, textiles and leather along with planning and implementation of market expansion strategy.

    In 2009, he was appointed CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia where he was responsible for the firm’s growth across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Under his leadership, TÜV SÜD South Asia witnessed exponential growth in new business areas, expanded its product offerings and double digit financial growth. 
    Brought up in Mumbai, Niranjan is a Mechanical Engineer and has Masters’ degree in Management from Pune University in India. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling and cross-country trekking.

    Klaus Langner
    Klaus Langner
    Chief Financial Officer, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa

    Mr. Klaus Langner was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. In this role, he is responsible for financial and risk management, corporate development, strategic planning, performance management and corporate governance in this vast and diverse market. Prior to this appointment, Klaus was the CFO for the ASEAN region at TÜV SÜD.

    Before joining TÜV SÜD, Klaus was a Partner & Managing Director at a leading strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, and brings 16 years of experience in consulting top management on corporate and business unit strategy. He also served as a consultant for the United Nations World Food Program in East Timor and is a passionate advocate for non-profit causes related to improving children welfare, education, disaster and humanitarian relief.

    After living in Germany and the United States, Klaus has been based in Singapore since 2001 and worked throughout Asia Pacific. He holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

    Richard Hong
    Richard Hong
    Chief Executive Officer, TÜV SÜD ASEAN

    Mr. Richard Hong has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD ASEAN on 1 July 2013. In this new capacity, he oversees TÜV SÜD’s businesses and operations in the ASEAN region including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer for TÜV SÜD ASEAN and Global ICM Director of TÜV SÜD Product Service.

    In his role as Global ICM Director, Mr. Hong successfully built up a global ICM database, charted the growth strategy for the Global ICM business, expanded the network of MRA and MOU partners within TÜV SÜD Group and extended the scope of recognition of TÜV SÜD test reports and certificates worldwide.

    With over 18 years of experience in product certification and international compliance management for information technology equipment, home appliances, wireless products and audio-visual (AV) products, Mr. Hong is a much sought after speaker at international conferences and seminars and is also the key representative of TÜV SÜD in international arenas.

    He is responsible for the planning and formulating of international, strategic partnerships for the company including China Quality Centre (CQC), Japan Quality Assurance (JQA), Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (HKSTC) etc.

    As the expert advisor and appointed member of IE Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Panel of Advisors, Mr. Hong assists Singapore-based enterprises in their internationalization efforts to well-utilize Singapore’s vast network of FTAs.

    Mr. Hong was formerly CEO of Sibercert Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of PSB Corporation. He was instrumental in the establishment and management of the entire subsidiary.

    Mr. Hong holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, a Master of Science (Industrial & Systems Engineering) from National University of Singapore and a Master of Finance from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

    David Lau

    David Lau
    Head of Real Estate & Infrastructure, TÜV SÜD ASEAN

    With effect from 1 July 2013, David will head the ASEAN real estate business and be responsible for setting the overall real estate strategy and direction in the region. Prior to this, he was responsible for TÜV SÜD's Product Service operations in the ASEAN region including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

    With over 20 years of experience in the management and development of mechanical testing capabilities, Mr. Lau has designed numerous large-scale testing facilities to test performances of heat pumps, chillers, air conditioners etc. He also has experience in designing big-budget computer control and data acquisition systems, test facilities for facades, fire door, scaffolding, ventilation and hydroponics systems.

    Before the acquisition of PSB Corporation by the TÜV SÜD Group in 2006, Mr. Lau was instrumental in helping the corporation achieve SAC-SINGLAS accreditation, the establishment of PSB Corporation's Fire Test Lab and penetration of new overseas markets such as Thailand, Hong Kong and China. He first joined the company as engineer in 1989 when the corporation was still the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR).

    Mr Lau holds a Bachelor & Master of Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Buffalo, New York, USA where he majored in Thermal & Fluid Mechanics. To date, Mr Lau has published 6 Technical Papers in international journals and conferences.

    Goh Wee Hong

    Goh Wee Hong
    Head of Product Service, TÜV SÜD ASEAN

    Mr Goh Wee Hong joined TÜV SÜD as Senior Vice President, Product Service on 1 August 2013. In this new capacity, he is responsible for leading and expanding the product service business in the ASEAN region.

    With more than 20 years of industry experience, Wee Hong has held various leadership roles in the IT, electronics and manufacturing sectors. Prior to this appointment, he was Regional Sales Director at AT&T ASEAN. With AT&T since April 2001, he was instrumental in leading a team of sales professionals in growing the business and supporting the global networking needs of key customers in the region.

    Before 2001, Wee Hong was Strategic Account Manager for ECS Computer (Asia) Pte Ltd developing new businesses in manufacturing and distribution markets in Singapore. Prior to joining ECS Computer, he was senior export sales engineer for Molex Singapore Manufacturing Pte Ltd, where he supported sales to the Asia Pacific markets. He has also spent 6 years previously in the testing and certification industry with SGS Singapore where he was responsible for both the manufacturing process audits and quality assurance for computer peripherals and operations of the commercial laboratory.

     Wee Hong holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the RMIT University, a Master of Science degree, Information Studies from the Nanyang Technological University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore.

    Bratin Roy

    Bratin Roy
    Head of Industry Service, TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa

    Bratin Roy is responsible for TÜV SÜD’s Industry Services businesses and operations in the South Asia region including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and ASEAN region including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. As a head of Industry service, he is leading 4 multidisciplinary business units i.e Power & Systems; Chemical, oil and gas; Steam & Pressure; and Environment services to achieve the strategic objective and targets of the region. In addition, He is also responsible for operation of two global competency center of TÜV SÜD group focusing on conventional power plant consultancy and supply chain service.

    Mr. Roy is working with TUV SUD since last twelve years. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Roy was working with leading energy and environment consulting firms in India focusing on energy, environment, corporate sustainability, power and utility strategy management as business and operation lead. He also worked as a consultant for the various multilateral funded projects under Work bank, Asian Development Bank, KFW, United Nations.

    Mr. Roy holds a Bachelor degree & Master diploma in Chemical and Safety Engineering respectively. In addition, he also holds a MBA in Public System Management

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