Bernd F. Kessler
Bernd F. Kessler, age 58, is currently self-employed and has served as a director of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII), a manufacturer of motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs and neighborhood electric vehicles, since 2010, where he also serves as a member of its Audit Committee, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and Technology Committee. From January 2008 through January 2010, Mr. Kessler served as Chief Executive Officer of SRTechnics AG, one of the world’s largest independent aircraft, component and engine service provider. From September 2004 through October 2007, Mr. Kessler was the President and Chief Executive Officer of MTU Maintenance, a subsidiary of Aero Engines AG (ETR:MTX), an aero engine design, development, manufacturing and service company.
Prior to September 2004, Mr. Kessler held management and executive positions for 20 years at Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), a diversified technology and manufacturing company, and at its predecessor company AlliedSignal Inc. Among other roles he held, Mr. Kessler led Honeywell’s Aerospace aftermarket services business with 27 facilities around the world. Mr. Kessler also currently serves as a director of each of Flowcastings GmbH, a company specializing in the development and investment casting of components for the High Pressure Turbine (HPT) and Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) sections of commercial and military aircraft engines (since May 2013); Zitec GmbH, a modern trade, technology and service company (since May 2013); and RENA Technologies GmbH, one of the world’s leading suppliers of production equipment for wet chemical surface treatment (since March 2015), where he also serves as its Chairman. Mr. Kessler previously served as a director of each of JorAMCo Ltd., a leading commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility (December 2010 to September 2016), and Finnair Technical Services Oy, a provider of aircraft and component repair and overhaul services (April 2010 to December 2012).
Mr. Kessler earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from City University Bellevue (Washington) and graduated with a Dipl. Ing. (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering from Constance College (Germany).
Elliott believes that Mr. Kessler’s significant operating and leadership experience with global businesses and his strong background in engineering, operational excellence and organizational development will make him a valuable addition to the Board.