NORMA Group names Dr Friedrich Klein as new COO

Dr Friedrich Klein has been appointed as NORMA Group's new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Dr Klein will manage the business operations of NORMA Group SE together with CEO Bernd Kleinhens and CFO Dr. Michael Schneider. He will assume his new role on 1 October 2018. 

Dr Friedrich Klein has many years of experience and expertise in the automotive sector. He joined NORMA Group from Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co KG, a globally active automotive and industrial supplier. As Director of the Bearing and Components Technologies division, Dr Klein was responsible for the global development and production of rolling bearings. He was also responsible for restructuring the global production network and expanding production services.

“We are delighted that Dr Friedrich Klein has been appointed COO of NORMA Group SE," said Lars Magnus Berg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NORMA Group. "The Supervisory Board is confident that Dr Klein will continue the company’s successful growth strategy with his colleagues on the Management Board. Dr. Klein has in-depth industry knowledge in NORMA Group’s fields of operation along with extensive industry experience." 

After studying mechanical engineering, Dr Friedrich Klein began his professional career in 1989 in the Machine Tool Laboratory (WLZ) of the Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen. Six years later, he received his doctorate in engineering (German: Dr.-Ing) from RWTH. Dr. Klein joined Muhr und Bender KG, an automotive components manufacturer, in 1996 and served as Plant Manager and division head in Germany as well as abroad. He joined Schaeffler in 2008, holding several management positions during his decade with the company.