The management‘s declared objective is to continue extending IAV’s range of expertise in automotive engineering and keep the company on a profitable course of growth.
Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn
Chairman of the Managing Board
Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn has been Chairman of the IAV Management Board since January 1, 2019.
After starting his career at Ford, the mechanical engineer with a PhD ran Volkswagen’s Group Research from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, he was appointed Director for Technical Development at Bentley, before changing in 2012 to become Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
From 2016 to 2018, he was Head of Research and Development at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg and Chairman of the Supervisory Board at IAV.
Managing Director of Technology
Matthias Kratzsch has been working as Managing Director of Technology since September 2018. In this function he is responsible for the technical portfolios.
He joined IAV in Chemnitz in 1997. His career then took him to Munich as Site Manager in 2002, before moving to Berlin in 2009 as Senior Vice President of the Gasoline Engine Division World Market. From 2013 to 2018, Matthias Kratzsch was Executive Vice President of Powertrain Development and also CEO of the IAV subsidiary Consulting4Drive.
He graduated from Zwickau University of Technology (University of Applied Sciences) with an engineering diploma in automotive engineering.
Chief Financial Officer
Katja Ziegler has been Chief Financial Officer at IAV since January 1, 2019.
Katja Ziegler began her professional career as a management consultant before working in the telecommunications industry for E-Plus Mobilfunk in Düsseldorf. Here the graduate business administrator was responsible among others for process management and management accounting. She then worked for MAN Middle East in Dubai where she set up the management control system for the Middle East region, before joining IAV as Director of Controlling in 2009. In 2017 she was appointed Executive Vice President Finance, Controlling & Procurement and Supervisor of IAV Automotive Engineering, Shanghai.
Katja Ziegler took her degree in business administration at Berlin University of Technology.
President and CHRO
Kai-Stefan Linnenkohl has been Labor Relations Director and a member of the IAV Management Board since December 2015. His responsibility covers Human Resources together with healthcare, occupational safety, initial and advanced vocational training together with social welfare and the company retirement scheme. Since April 2017, he is also responsible for Corporate Communication & Marketing.
Mr Linnenkohl joined IAV in April 2015 as head of Human Ressources in Berlin, after working for more than 20 years in various HR positions at Volkswagen AG, including among others HR Research and Development.
Kai-Stefan Linnenkohl graduated in Law at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.