Otto Kilg is appointed as a new member of the executive board at KRATZER AUTOMATION

Effective from the 1st April 2018 Otto Kilg has been appointed as a new member of the KRATZER AUTOMATION executive board.

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) he is responsible for areas of finance, regulatory control, IT, human resources and marketing.

Otto Kilg is very familiar with the new range of tasks he is responsible for at KRATZER AUTOMATION, a leading provider of transport logistics solutions and test systems for the automotive industry, based in Unterschleissheim, near Munich. He will be in charge of the General Services division based at their head office location. He is responsible for the areas of Human Resource (HR), IT and Finance/Control together with Marketing. Together with executive board spokeswoman Sibylle Pessall and executive board member Uwe Krummenoehler he will handle the business activities of the KRATZER AUTOMATION group.

As an internationally experienced financial expert he will organize the implementation of the strategic objectives of KRATZER AUTOMATION and manage the commercial support functions for both the operational business units and subsidiaries.

Before joining KRATZER AUTOMATION group Otto Kilg has held similar executive management positions within small and medium-sized companies and also within business divisions of international mechanical and systems engineering companies.

Gerhard Kratzer, chairman of the executive board of KRATZER AUTOMATION says: “With the appointment of Otto Kilg we gain a CFO who is an expert in the financial aspects involved in companies of our size and our growth potential. With his expert knowledge we ensure that the leading position of KRATZER AUTOMATION in both our business divisions Test Systems and Logistics Automation is secured for the future.




KRATZER AUTOMATION AG was founded in 1980 by Gerhard Kratzer and Paul Balz as Gerhard Kratzer GmbH, Automatisierungstechnik München. From the outset the company focused on creating industrial, process-related software, in the founder years, for example, for the operations control centre of Ruhrgas AG. The automation of engine test beds at SHELL and BMW Motorsport was soon to follow. The company supports the ADAC in optimising its breakdown service fleet through the use of mobile data communications. In the early 1990s, KRATZER AUTOMATION was transformed from a pure software company into a general contractor offering an end-to-end service. KRATZER AUTOMATION offers tailored solutions from the consultancy through the implementation and maintenance right up to financing. In 1999 the company was converted into a 'family stock corporation' in which the employees, management staff and founder families all have a shareholding. In 2013 Gerhard Kratzer transferred to the position of CEO to Robert Rubner and has since concentrated on the duties as CFO. Detlef Naundorf becomes a member of the Executive Board, increasing the board to now three members. In July 2015 Sibylle Pessall was appointed CIO and Andreas Pötz as CFO to the Executive Board with Gerhard Kratzer continuing to act as consultant.



For more than 30 years the software company KRATZER AUTOMATION has been supplying process-related solutions to the international automotive industry and the transport sector in Europe.
In the Test Systems business unit, KRATZER AUTOMATION plans and produces test systems for automotive development, predominantly for engines, turbochargers, gearboxes and other powertrain components. A major focus here is on test systems for energy-saving and eco-friendly drive concepts, with a particular concentration on the demands of hybrid or electric drives, battery and fuel cell technology.
With cadis, the operational TMS, KRATZER AUTOMATION's Logistics Automation business unit offers a transport management system for the planning, execution and analysis of all operative work processes for freight transport. Consignment tracking and optimisation of the processes in modern logistics companies are the central themes here.



KRATZER AUTOMATION currently has a staff of approx. 300 employees at the sites in Munich, Stuttgart, Kassel and Wolfsburg. The company is internationally engaged with corporations in France, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and China. Among the customers of KRATZER AUTOMATION are companies such as: BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Ford, MAN, Porsche, Umicore, VOLVO and VW (Test Systems), bpost, Geodis, DB Schenker, GEFCO, IDS Logistik, Norbert Dentressangle, John Lewis, Österreichische Post AG (Logistics Automation) Rhenus Logistics and the Geis Group.


For 35 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION AG has been attaching importance to financial independence and long-standing relations with employees, customers and suppliers.

The company meets its social responsibility in a variety of ways. Support for local and supra-regional youth development projects, and the offer of an art award for artists with mental disability round out the company's social commitment.

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