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News   July 20, 2010   by CARS Magazine

FREDENBERG-NOK CREATES NEW EXECUTIVE TEAM TO REPLACE CEO


Plymouth, MI — Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership (FNGP) has appointed four senior executives to the newly created Office of the Chief Executive. The company’s top executive team consists of: Dr. Ralf Krieger, speaker and senior vice president of finance and administration; Mr. Brad Norton, senior vice president of sales and marketing; Dr. Michael Heidingsfelder, senior vice president of operations; and Mr. Yoshindo Masumoto, senior vice president of quality and technology. The Office of the Chief Executive was created to replace the president and CEO position, most recently held by Dr. Mohsen Sohi, who became a managing partner at Freudenberg & Co. in Germany.

"The Office of the Chief Executive, although not a common management structure in North America, strengthens and perpetuates the partnership culture upon which Freudenberg-NOK was built," said Dr. Sohi. "It was created to leverage a diverse group of expertise and leadership capabilities. The team is focused on positioning the company for new market growth while bringing increased integration and value across our business units."

Dr. Ralf Krieger, previously Freudenberg-NOK’s chief financial officer, is now the speaker, Office of the Chief Executive, and senior vice president of finance and administration. He continues to have primary responsibility for finance, mergers and acquisitions, and information technology. He assumed additional responsibilities for human resources, communications and legal. Prior to joining FNGP, Dr. Krieger held several positions with the Freudenberg Group, including managing director for the Freudenberg IT Group and director of mergers and acquisitions for Freudenberg & Co. Dr. Krieger received undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and business, and his Ph.D. in cost accounting, from the University of Mannheim in Germany.

Mr. Brad Norton, Freudenberg-NOK’s president of automotive sales and Corteco, is now senior vice president of sales and marketing. Mr. Norton will lead the sales and marketing efforts of the organization and chair the boards of our operations in Mexico and Brazil. He received a degree in finance from Akron University and an MBA from Ashland University, both in Ohio.

Dr. Michael Heidingsfelder, previously the general manager of the gaskets and trading division, assumed the role of senior vice president of operations. In this capacity, he has direct responsibility for manufacturing operations. Dr. Heidingsfelder holds a graduate degree in mechanical engineering and a graduate degree in business administration from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany and a Ph.D. in technology marketing from the University of Saarland in Saarbruecken, Germany.

Mr. Yoshindo Masumoto, rounds out the Office of the Chief Executive team. He was previously senior manager for NOK Corporation in Japan, and is now senior vice president of quality and technology. Mr. Masumoto is relocating from Japan and will assume full responsibility for this position in October, 2010. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Sophia University, located in Tokyo.