Frank Koch | CEO (DE)
Frank Koch (born 1972) successfully led and restructured the long-established German steel producer GMH Group (Georgsmarienhütte) as CEO in 2017 until the end of December 2020. Since 2008, he has been responsible for various functions within the Group. He began his career as CSO and Head of Logistics for the largest company in the GMH Group, the steel mill in Georgsmarienhütte. In 2015, he became COO of the entire GMH Group and thus joined the Executive Board as Managing Director. Frank Koch began his career in 1991 with an apprenticeship in industrial general administration in the steel division of thyssenkrupp. He then held various management positions in the thyssenkrupp Group, including at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, now part of the Swiss Steel Group, before taking on responsibility for strategy and sales at leading Italian steel producer Danieli from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 he returned to Deutsche Edelstahlwerke, where he was responsible for sales and strategy until the beginning of 2008.
Dr. Markus Böning | CFO (DE)
Dr. Markus Böning, graduate economist and Dr. rer. oec. of Ruhr University Bochum, has been Chief Financial Officer of the Swiss Steel Group since October 1, 2020. From April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, Dr. Markus Böning acted as CEO ad interim. He gained his first professional experience in the Controlling and Mergers & Acquisitions areas of the thyssenkrupp Group. In 2004 Dr. Böning assumed CFO responsibility at thyssenkrupp Budd Company, an automotive supplier headquartered in Troy, Michigan. From 2007 to 2014 Dr. Böning was CFO responsible for the construction, ramp-up and optimization of a steel processing plant in Calvert, Alabama. From 2015 to 2020, Dr. Böning served as CFO of two private equity led international companies, first the Aenova Group, a contract manufacturer for pharmaceutical products, and then the Tekfor Group, an automotive supplier. Due to his many years of international CFO activity, Dr. Böning has broad management experience with a focus on cost optimization, restructuring and mergers & acquisitions.
Jürgen Alex | PGL Tool Steels (DE)
Jürgen Alex (Dipl.-Ing., DE, 1966) has been CEO of the largest business unit of the Swiss Steel Group since January 2019. Since January 2022, Jürgen Alex has been a member of the Executive Board of Swiss Steel Group as Product Group Leader for Tool Steels. Jürgen Alex studied metallurgy and materials engineering at RWTH Aachen (Dipl.-Ing.) and completed a trainee program at Fried. Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp. Since 1994 he has held various positions at Deutsche Edelstahlwerke and its predecessor companies. In 1999 he moved to the Hagen site, where he first became head of quality and later of bright steel production. From 2005 to 2006 he was plant manager at Hagener Feinstahl and returned to the core team of the EWS and EWK merger to form Deutsche Edelstahlwerke in 2007. Following the successful merger, he took over as plant manager of the Hagen mill. From 2011 to 2017, he headed the Technology division of Deutsche Edelstahlwerke as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In 2018 he took over as Chief Sales Officer (CSO).
Dr. Florian Geiger | PGL Engineering Steels (CH/DE)
Florian Geiger (Dr. rer. pol., CH and DE, 1980) has held a management position at Swiss Steel Group since 2013 and has been CEO of the Steeltec business unit with production units in Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia and Turkey since January 2020. Since January 1, 2022, Mr. Geiger has been a member of the Executive Board of Swiss Steel Group as Product Group Leader for Engineering Steels.
Patrick Lamarque d’Arrouzat | PGL Stainless Steels (FR)
Patrick Lamarque d'Arrouzat, (MBA, FR, 1965) is CEO of the Ugitech business unit with several sites in France, Germany and Italy since September 2008. Since January 2022, Patrick Lamarque has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Steel Group as Product Group Leader for Stainless Steels. He is graduate from INSEEC Business School in France and Skidmore College in USA. He did start his career in 1990 with various management positions for Arcelor group in Italy (Uginox), France (Ugine-Savoie), and Spain (Ugitech Iberica).