ZF Wind Power Technology CEO steps down

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After more than eight years, Jan Willem Ruinemans is leaving ZF in March 2019. Ruinemans leaves the company at his own request in mutual agreement and wishes to seek new challenges outside the company.

Ruinemans joined the company in 2010 and became CEO of ZF Wind Power Technology in January 2013. During this time, he led the acquisition and integration of Hansen Transmissions and Bosch Wind Gearboxes into ZF Wind Power Technology, one of the global leaders in gearbox solutions for the wind-energy industry.

Mitja Schulz (left) succeeds Jan Willem Ruinemans (right) as head of the ZF Wind Power Technology Business Unit.

“Jan Willem Ruinemans was instrumental in growing successfully ZF’s wind gearbox business,” said a ZF board member. “Under his leadership, the company has built a solid position worldwide, with a strong customer base and a unique product portfolio. The ZF Board would like to thank Jan Willem for his vision and efforts during his time at ZF and we wish him all the best in his future challenges.”

Mitja Schulz was nominated as new head at ZF Wind Power Technology. He will assume his new position March 1, 2019, allowing a smooth transition together Ruinemans.

Schulz joined ZF in 2009. During his years at ZF, he has taken up roles in continuously increasing responsibility in Purchasing and Supplier Management and is currently head of Business Unit Commercial Vehicle Steering Systems in Lafayette, Indiana. In this function, he successfully managed the integration of the former TRW business into the ZF group. Prior to joining ZF, Schulz worked in multiple roles at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart and Porsche AG in their R&D center in Weissach, Germany.

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