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Rolf Najork named new chairman of the executive board of Bosch Rexroth AG

By Canadian Packaging staff   

Automation General Controls/Drives Bosch Rexroth Heraeus Holding GmbH Robert Bosch GmbH The Bosch Group

With the expiration of his contract, predecessor Dr. Karl Tragl will leave the company after 16 years.

LOHR, GERMANY—Effective February 1, 2016, Rolf Najork (see image above, courtesy of Heraeus Holding GmbH) will take on the position of chairmanship of the executive board and the responsibility for development at Bosch Rexroth. His predecessor Dr. Karl Tragl will simultaneously leave the company and follow a new direction.

Rolf Najork, 53, is currently a managing director of Heraeus Holding GmbH with responsibility for production, purchasing, and development. He HAS held various technical management positions at Ford and Getrag after completing his mechanical engineering studies at RWTH Aachen.

As an executive management member Automotive he was then responsible for the division Emobility, Mechatronics, and R&D transmission within the Schaeffler group.

Dr. Karl Tragl leaves Bosch Rexroth after the expiration of his contract on January 31, 2016.


The 53-year-old has been an executive board member since 2008, and has held the position of chairman of the executive board since the mid-2010s.

Tragl joined the company in 2000 and was responsible for the global service in the market segment Factory Automation.

In 2003, Tragl joined executive management and became the chairman of the business unit Electric Drives and Controls of Bosch Rexroth AG in 2004.

“We thank Mr. Tragl for his high level of commitment in various positions at Bosch Rexroth. He greatly contributed to the establishment of Industry 4.0 in the business, to the preparation of emerging markets like Africa, and to the successful implementation of major projects. Over the past years, Tragl furthermore aligned the company toward its core business and introduced the necessary measures. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors,” says chairman of the supervisory board Dr. Werner Struth. “With Mr. Najork, we are simultaneously gaining a highly qualified executive with proven expertise for our industrial division.”

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries.

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