Management Team Voith Paper
Member of the Corporate Board of Management
President & CEO Group Division Paper
After completing his degree in business administration and engineering, Andreas Endters started his career early in 1991 in paper machine sales at Sulzer Escher Wyss in Ravensburg. At the end of 1993 he moved to Manchester, England to take up a position at Sulzer Papertec. Following the merger of the paper divisions of Voith and Sulzer, Andreas Endters joined Voith Paper in Heidenheim in mid-1995 as Head of Sales and Marketing for “QualiFlex Press Sleeves.”
In 2000, he was appointed Executive Vice President at Voith Paper in Ravensburg; one year later, he became Chairman of the Board of Management. Two years later, in 2004, Andreas Endters was appointed to the Management Board of the Group Division Voith Paper and put in charge of the Business Division Rolls. In 2008, he moved to the Management Board of the Group Division Voith Hydro, where he was responsible for the worldwide contract handling of Large Hydro. At the end of 2011, he returned to Voith Paper as a Member of the Group Division Management, initially in charge of paper machines. Since October 2012 he has been responsible for the Business Line Projects.
Since October 1, 2017, Andreas Endters has been a member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA and President & CEO of Voith Paper.
Chief Financial Officer
After completing a degree in business administration at the University of Augsburg, Alexander Kienle worked in the field of assurance at KPMG in Munich. In 2003 he joined Voith’s Group Controlling as a Corporate Planning Consultant. Following overseas deployments at Voith Paper in North America and Austria, Alexander Kienle took over as the CFO of Voith Paper Automation in Heidenheim in 2009. In 2011 he moved to Voith Hydro GmbH & Co. KG – initially as Member of the Board of Management and CFO, and then from February 2016 as CEO. From September 2018, Alexander Kienle held the position of Senior Vice President Group Planning & Controlling of the Voith Group.
In July 2019, Alexander Kienle was appointed to the Board of Management of Voith Paper, where as Chief Financial Officer he is in charge of Finance and Controlling of the Group Division.
Dr. Michael Trefz
Dr. Trefz joined the Voith organization in Heidenheim in 1992, where he initially worked as Project Manager in Research and Development. In November 1997 and until June 1999, Dr. Trefz worked for Voith Sulzer in the USA as Manager Applied Technology Coating. After his return to Heidenheim, he first took over the Management of Technology and Application Coating Technology and thereafter the Management of COC Coating Technology. From 2009 to November 2011, Dr. Trefz was assigned to Management Specialty Papers. In December 2011 he assumed the position of Senior Vice President System Business OTO and then in October 2012 as Senior Vice President Global Project Sales. He has also been a member of the Board of Management Business Line Projects since 2013 and Senior Vice President of Product Management since February 2019. In October 2019 Dr. Trefz took over the position as President Projects.
Division Products & Services
Marco Esper studied processing and process engineering (paper technology) at the Technical University of Dresden and joined the Voith Group in 2006 as part of his diploma thesis. Following various positions as an engineer in technology, project management and sales at Voith Paper in Heidenheim, he became Sales Director Central Region at Voith Paper Division Fabric & Roll Systems in 2014. In 2016, Marco Esper was sent to Kunshan, China as Senior Vice President Sales China and Member of the Management Board of Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems.
Since July 2019, Marco Esper has been responsible for the Division Products & Services and a Member of the Board of Management of Voith Paper.
Division Fabric & Roll Systems
Benno Morlock studied Strategic Marketing, Industrial Management and Psychology at the University of Mannheim. Prior to his time with Voith, he worked for Kodak as Director of Distribution Partner Alliances in Europe. Whilst there he was involved initially with marketing planning, strategic corporate planning and project management. He also worked for several years in the USA as Product and Platform Manager. His final years at Kodak were characterized by sales-related assignments in Europe.
The business graduate with a master's degree in business administration came to Voith Turbo in 2008 and took over the leadership of the Startup Components Business Unit. Benno Morlock joined the Management Board of the Voith Turbo Group Division in April 2013 and was in charge of the Division Mining & Metals as of October 2013. From June 2016 to April 2018 he was in charge of the Division Industry.
Since May 1, 2018, Benno Morlock has been a member of the Management Board of Voith Paper and has been in charge of the Division Fabric & Roll Systems.
Dr. Juergen Abraham
Digital Business Officer
Dr. Juergen Abraham studied chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and University of Loughborough and completed his doctorate in nano-reinforced plastics. He joined the Voith Group in October 2006 as Project Manager Research & Development. In 2007 he took on a leading position at Voith subsidiary SynStrand in North America for a period of three years. This was followed by other roles as Vice President New Business & Research, Senior Vice President Development Fabric & Roll Systems, and Member of the Fabric & Roll Systems Management Team. From 2017, he was responsible for the development of e‑commerce, the service and spare parts portfolio of the Products & Services Division alongside his role as a Member of the Board of Management Products & Services.
Since April 2019, Dr. Juergen Abraham has been a Member of the Board of Management of Voith Paper. As Digital Business Officer he is responsible for the Group Division’s internal digitization, e‑commerce and digital products.
Chief Technology Officer
After an apprenticeship as a papermaker and studying process engineering and papermaking he began his career in 1984 as a start-up and commissioning engineer at the Sulzer Group in Ravensburg, Germany. From 1992 Frank Opletal held various sales management positions in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Beijing.
In 2001, he took on overall responsibility for commissioning and project management at Voith Paper in Heidenheim. Then in 2005, he joined Voith Paper Fabrics in Ipoh, Malaysia, as Operations Manager and was subsequently appointed Vice President Operations for the Asia Pacific region. Following the amalgamation of the Fabrics and Rolls Divisions in 2009 he managed the merger of the sales group. Since 2011, Frank Opletal has been a member of the Management Board of Voith Paper Fabric and Roll Systems. Since April 2014, he has also been a member of the Management Board of Voith Paper in Heidenheim, in charge of Technology.