Woman on Wheels
Manager Tanja Dreilich is fond of cars, and, as owner of a BMW Grand Coupé, she likes to travel fast.
She has now been hired as chief financial officer of the holding company that owns auto supplier Kirchhoff Automotive, the company said Tuesday.
Ms. Dreilich, 47, has been finance manager of Kirchhoff's subsidiary Ecotec since 2014 and will continue to hold this position. Her promotion comes as Kirchhoff's previous CFO Rainer Spindeldreher goes into retirement.
Ms. Dreilich will be the only board member who is not a Kirchhoff: Her new colleagues include sibling trio Arndt, Johannes and Wolfgang and patriarch Jochen Kirchhoff. The company, established in 1785, is based in Iserlohn, near Dortmund. Kirchhoff employs 8,000 people in 11 countries and last year, its revenue reached an estimated €1.5 billion.
But Kirchhoff is not Ms. Dreilich’s first employer in the auto industry. She comes from Rüsselsheim, a Frankfurt suburb famous in Germany for its Opel factory and started her career there, and later worked in Detroit.
She calls herself a "car girl” but has also worked in other sectors, including as finance manager of Nordzucker, Europe’s second-largest sugar producer, where she oversaw its €730-million acquisition of Danish-based Nordic Sugar in 2009. Later, she moved to Nemetschek, a software company based in Munich. Picture source: PR