Chief Executive Officer

Sebastian H. Brandes, born in 1965, is married and has two children. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (University in Göttingen/Germany).

After having completed his professional education, military service and studies, Sebastian Brandes passed a management trainee program with Preussag AG from 1992 to 1994. Then he joined Noell Service Maschinentechnik GmbH and was appointed Commercial Director.

After Noell Service Maschinentechnik GmbH was taken over by the Konecranes Group, Sebastian Brandes joined the senior management and held several managerial positions (Financial Director, Managing Director) between 2000 and 2005. From 2005 to the beginning of 2009, Mr. Brandes managed STAHL CraneSystems GmbH in Künzelsau/ Germany as Managing Director.

Sebastian H. Brandes has been CEO of Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG since March 1, 2009.

Chief Sales Officer

Jürgen Bialek trained in industrial management at PEINER AG, based in Peine, Germany, from August 1970 to April 1972.

After having completed his training, Mr. Bialek was employed in the sales department of the PEINER AG grab division, where he was responsible for the distribution of PEINER grabs on the German market from 1976 to 1980. In 1981, Mr. Bialek was entrusted with the setup of a grabs distribution network in the Middle and Far East, and headed the company's worldwide PEINER grab sales activities from 1985 to 1992.

He has been joining the SMAG Group and its predecessor companies since the PEINER AG grab division was acquired by a predecessor company of Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG in 1986. Jürgen Bialek was entrusted with the sole leadership of the grab division in 1992.

Mr. Bialek has been a member of the Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG´s management board since its transformation from SMAG GmbH.

Chief Finance Officer

Rainer Veith, born in 1969, is married and has 2 children. After his apprenticeship at Dresdner Bank, he completed his studies at the University of Paderborn as a graduate in business administration. Later, Mr. Veith successfully completed his MBA studies at WHU / Kellogg.

In 1996, Mr. Veith began his professional career in a post-graduate programm at Robert Bosch GmbH. Until 2003, Mr. Veith worked in various controlling functions for Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF in the USA, Germany, France and Italy. In the years 2003 to 2017, Mr. Veith has held various management positions for E.ON and later Uniper as Commercial Director, Project Director and Director Corporate Procurement in Germany and the UK.Since 2018 to the end of October 2019, Mr. Veith worked as General Manager and CFO for the Bilfinger Group in Lyon, France. Effective November 1, 2019, Mr. Veith was appointed as a member of the Executive Board of SMAG. Mr. Veith is responsible for Finance, Controlling, HR, Procurement and IT.


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