Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Management of the company

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA is a partnership limited by shares and is not listed on the stock exchange. Eighty per cent of the shares are held by Näder Holding, which is owned by the Näder family, and 20 per cent by Swedish private equity firm EQT.

Professor Hans Georg Näder stands in front of a painting, holding a mobile phone in one hand.
Chairman of the Board, Professor Hans Georg Näder

Boards and Directors

The Management Board

The Management Board is responsible for running the business of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA. Chairman of the Board is Professor Hans Georg Näder. The Management Board determines the company’s basic orientation and strategic direction. It consists of four Non-Executive Directors and three of the five Executive Directors (CEO, CFO and CSO) at present.

Chair of the Supervisory Board, Dr Bernd Bohr

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA is subject to European co-determination and consists of six shareholder representatives and four employee representatives from Germany and abroad. It monitors the activities of the Management Board, which conducts the business of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA. Dr Bernd Bohr, long-standing head of the automotive division at Bosch, is Chair of the Supervisory Board.

More information on the Supervisory Board

Executive Directors

Chief Executive Officer Philipp Schulte-Noelle stands in front of an Ottobock building and looks into the distance.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Philipp Schulte-Noelle

Philipp Schulte-Noelle – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Philipp Schulte-Noelle has been a member of Ottobock’s Executive Board and the Management Board since August 2018. As CEO, he has been responsible since November 2018 for Legal, Corporate Strategy and M&A, Human Resources and Communications, the digital agenda and the Ottobock Human Mobility and Bionic Exoskeletons business units, among other duties.

Before joining Ottobock, Schulte-Noelle initially oversaw corporate business development/mergers and acquisitions at international health care company Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA. Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Compliance as well as Chief Human Resources Officer at pharmaceutical and med-tech company Fresenius Kabi AG, based in Bad Homburg, Germany. Prior to that, Schulte-Noelle acquired relevant experience with private equity firm Permira Beteiligungsberatung GmbH in Frankfurt and as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs International, an investment bank in London.

A native of Cologne, Schulte-Noelle received a degree in business law from the University of Bayreuth and holds an MBA from the international graduate business school INSEAD.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kathrin Dahnke
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kathrin Dahnke

Kathrin Dahnke – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Kathrin Dahnke has been CFO of Ottobock and a member of the Management Board since September 2021. As CFO she is responsible for Business Process Management in addition to Finance and Corporate Audit & Risk Management.

Dahnke is a supervisory board member of B.Braun and Knorr-Bremse. There she chairs the audit committee. Until the end of June 2021, she acted as CFO of the photonics company Osram. There, within a short space of time, she successfully completed AMS’ takeover and the subsequent delisting. Prior to this commitment, from 2014 to 2019 she was on the Executive Board of the family-owned company Werhahn. From 2010 to 2014, she was CFO of the machine tool manufacturer DMG Mori Seiki (formerly Gildemeister). After studying in Göttingen, Dahnke started her career in controlling at Beiersdorf in Hamburg.

Kathrin Dahnke is well familiar with the company; until 2004, she had a leading position in companies owned by the Näder family.

Chief Sales Officer (CSO) Oliver Jakobi

Oliver Jakobi – Chief Sales Officer (CSO)

Oliver Jakobi has been a member of Ottobock’s Executive Board and Management Board since January 2020 in his role of Chief Sales Officer (CSO). As CSO, Jakobi oversees the company’s global business and manages its regions and markets. This also includes its more than 240 Patient Care businesses worldwide.

Jakobi has been with the company for 30 years. Most recently, he successfully headed up the EEMEA region and drove its development in the role of Regional President. He will also continue to manage this region directly in future.

A sales manager with international experience, Jakobi is a native of the Eichsfeld region and completed training as an industrial management assistant (German: Industriekaufmann) at Ottobock. He received his executive master of business administration from the ZfU International Business School in Thalwil, Switzerland. Jakobi relocated to Russia in 1995 to work for the company and has lived in Moscow since then.

Close-up of a technical device; in the background, Chief Technology Officer Dr Andreas Goppelt is wearing a suit and smiling at the camera.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Dr Andreas Goppelt

Dr Andreas Goppelt – Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Andreas Goppelt (PhD) has been responsible for Research and Development at Ottobock since September 2017. In 2015 he joined the Ottobock Group as Managing Director of nstim NeuroBionics GmbH, and later was also named Managing Director of Otto Bock Mobility Solutions GmbH, the company’s wheelchair business.

Between 2013 and 2015 he served as a consultant for various manufacturers of biopharmaceuticals and medical technology. From 2005 to 2013, he led R&D for the BioSurgery and Regenerative Medicine business unit at Baxter Healthcare. In 1997 he co-founded biotech company Switch Biotech AG, which specialised in curing wound healing disorders and skin diseases, serving as Chief Scientific Officer.

Andreas Goppelt studied chemistry at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich and earned his doctorate in biochemistry, and performed post doctorate work at LMU’s Gene Center and the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.

Chief Operations Officer Arne Jörn, wearing a suit, stands next to shelves full of foot prostheses and smiles at the camera.
Chief Operations Officer (COO) Arne Jörn

Arne Jörn – Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Arne Jörn has been Chief Operations Officer at Ottobock since March 2018. In this role, he has global responsibility for Facility Management, Production, Quality Management, Purchasing, Logistics and After-Sales-Service.

Jörn began working for global, listed commercial vehicle supplier SAF Holland in 2012, most recently holding the position of COO there as well. He gained experience as a manager in production over the course of several years as plant manager at STILL and director of operations at NORGREN, and was responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the plants and operations.

Jörn was born in Bad Gandersheim, Germany, and studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He later completed a degree in industrial engineering which involved studying in Braunschweig, Hanover and Darmstadt. Jörn previously completed training as a toolmaker at Renold, a company which produces drive technology at its site in Einbeck, Germany.

Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Martin Böhm; photocredit: Christoph Neumann

Martin Böhm – Chief Experience Officer (CXO)

Martin Böhm took up his role as Chief Experience Officer on Ottobock’s Executive Board in June 2021. Böhm previously served as Chief Digital Officer at MDAX-listed Beiersdorf and will be contributing this experience as he takes responsibility for Marketing and IT at Ottobock and works to integrate these areas.

Under his leadership, the company will be enhancing its digital user experience, particularly with respect to social media, e-commerce and CRM. Together with his team, Böhm will be setting up a data-driven platform centred around users and customers with personalised solutions for everyday life. As he takes on these projects, he will be working together with the Digital Office headed by Chief Digital Officer Güngör Kara to continue driving Ottobock’s digital transformation and the cultural change this will bring to the company.