Profile: Guido Kerkhoff, the new interim CEO of Thyssenkrupp

Ben Mouncer
- Leadership - Jul 16, 2018

Thyssenkrupp has appointed Guido Kerkhoff as its interim CEO following the departure of Dr Heinrich Hiesinger, and here Business Chief profiles the new person at the top.

Guido Kerkhoff brings over seven years of experience as Thyssenkrupp’s Chief Financial Officer into the top job.

The 51-year-old has overseen a range of the steel maker’s key operations in the role, including its corporate finance, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions, preparing him for a smooth transition into the position of CEO.

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Educated at the Bielefeld and Saarlandes Universities, Kerkhoff began his career as an accountant for VEW AG in 1995 before moving to Bertelsmann AG, where he rose to team leader responsible for corporate accounting projects.

After joining Deutsche Telekom in 2002, he quickly progressed through the ranks, becoming head of Group Accounting and Controlling in 2006. As a board member at the Germany telco, Kerkhoff was initially in charge of its Southern and Eastern Europe regions before commanding full control of its Europe operation. 

In April 2011, he was appointed member of the Executive Board and CFO of Thyssenkrupp.

The board will now manage the recruitment process for a permanent successor to Hiesinger, who resigned earlier this month soon after the ratification of Thyssenkrupp’s landmark merger with India’s Tata Steel.

"The members of the Supervisory Board agree that Thyssenkrupp needs stability and continuity above all in order to successfully continue on the path of transformation it has embarked on. Guido Kerkhoff has the full confidence of the Supervisory Board for this,” said its Chairman, Dr Ulrich Lehner.

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