The Direct Path Leads the Way

The organisational structure at FoamPartner is clear and simple. Responsibilities and expertise are clearly arranged.

The three regions in the three most important economic regions of Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific hold sales and profit and loss accountability and develop and execute regional strategies.

The Global Business Units Acoustic & Thermal Solutions, Automotive Rolls, Systems, Specialties und Living & Care drive innovation and growth by leveraging market and application know-how globally.

A brief introduction:

Michael Riedel

Dr. rer. nat., Germany, born 1968

CEO, with FoamPartner since 2018

Before Michael Riedel was appointed as CEO of FoamPartner in 2018, he worked in various positons at Clariant since 2009, including as Head of Business Excellence, overseeing the integration of Süd-Chemie, as Head of Industrial and Consumer Specialties for the EMEA region and as Group Head Human Resources. His earlier professional career included managerial roles in research and development, production as well as operations at Höchst, Celanese, and SGL Carbon. Michael Riedel studied chemistry at the University of Münster, where he also completed a PhD in experimental chemistry.

Nils Bender

Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, University of Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany, born 1974

CFO & IT, with FoamPartner since 2016

From 2004 Nils Bender held various positions in finance and controlling. In 2010 he took over a leading position at Körber Medipak Systems AG and managed worldwide projects before he joined FoamPartner.

Tobias Gruener

Business graduate, University of Mannheim, Germany, born 1973

Executive Vice President Global Operations, with FoamPartner since 2013

From 1999, Tobias Gruener held various managerial positions within the globally operating Freudenberg corporate group, initially in project management and consulting. He later switched to the Sealing Technology division, where he managed the Supply Chain Management O-Ring division as a member of the management team. From 2008 to 2013, he was responsible in the global management team of the Freudenberg Global O-Ring division for Global Operations, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Lean Management, among other things.

Olaf Vorwald

Business economist, Germany, born 1969

Executive Vice President Business Region Americas, with FoamPartner since 1987

After completing his professional training, Olaf Vorwald joined Otto Bock Kunststoff GmbH as a key account manager before moving to Pittsburgh, PA, to start a sales office there. Furthermore, as Sales Director, he was not only responsible for global sales of PUR Foam Systems and Molded Parts, but also for the global development of sales strategies for new markets and products. Since 2014, Olaf Vorwald has been the Managing Director of the location in Rochester Hills, Michigan (USA).

Victor Liu

Master Degree in Polymer Science, Sichuan University, China, born 1968

Executive Vice President Business Region Asia-Pacific, with FoamPartner since 2017

Mr Victor Liu studied material science at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China. He later gained his Master’s degree in Polymer engineering in Sichuan University in China. Victor started his career as a sales engineer. In past 24 years, he built his expertise in both commercial and operation through his working experience in polymer related industries in Asia and Canada. Victor has been working for General Electric (plastic), United Plastic Group and Parker Hannifin with increased responsibilities. Prior to joining FoamPartner, Victor has been leading sealing technologies business division in Asia Pacific in Parker Hannifin.

Alexander Snell

Dr. rer. nat., Germany, born 1972

Executive Vice President Business Region Europe, with FoamPartner since 2018

Alexander Snell did his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster (WWU) and has worked for Clariant AG since 2002 in various managerial positions in R&D, Application Technology and Sales. Between 2011 and 2014, he was responsible for business development in India. 

Kay Kosar

Engineering Technologist, Germany, born 1968

Vice President Global Business Unit Acoustic & Thermal Solutions, with FoamPartner since 2015

Over the course of his career, Kay Kosar has gained many years of experience in a variety of sales positions before coming to FoamPartner, including as a key account manager for Carcoustics Shared Services and as a sales director at Metzeler Schaum GmbH.

Klaus Hellmold

Business economist, Germany, born 1965

Vice President Global Business Unit Automotive Rolls, with FoamPartner since 1982

Klaus Hellmold has many years of experience in the polyurethane industry. After completing his professional training at Otto Bock Kunststoff GmbH, he acquired a great deal of specialist knowledge in various positions. Among other things, he was responsible for project management for flexible slabstock foams and, as Key Account Manager, was a driving force internationally for the further development of this sector. In 2014, he took over as the Head of the Business Unit Technical Foams and has been an authorized representative since 2016.

Rita Kollbrunner

Eidg. dipl. Drog. University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, born 1966

Vice President Global Business Unit Living & Care, with FoamPartner since 1999

Following international roles in marketing and sales in the pharmacy and medical technology industry, Rita Kollbrunner switched to FoamPartner, Fritz Nauer AG, Wolfhausen as Sales & Product Manager Medical in 1999 and assumed the management of the Medical strategic business unit in 2004. She headed the Marketing & Communications department of the FoamPartner Group from 2006 to 2018.

Michael Krause

Dr. rer. Nat, Diplom Chemiker, Germany, born 1959

Vice President Global Business Unit Specialties, with FoamPartner since 1999

Mr. Krause began his career at FoamPartner as Head of the Industry and Packaging business division and from 2007 until 2010 was Head of Sales and Marketing/Technical Foams. From 1990–1999 was employed by automotive supplier as a Senior Product Manager.

Martin Gerstenberg

Business economist, Germany, born 1977

Vice President Global Business Unit Systems, with FoamPartner since 1995

Martin Gerstenberg has acquired extensive specialist knowledge in the polyurethane industry over many years. After completing his professional training at Otto Bock Kunststoff GmbH, he acquired a great deal of experience in various positions. Among other things, he was responsible for project management for foam systems and, as Key Account Manager, was a driving force internationally for the further development of the Systems business unit. Furthermore, he was also responsible for cross-departmental aspects of company marketing. In 2014, he took over as the Head of the GBU Systems.

Heribert Perler

Dipl. Chemiker FH, Switzerland, born 1960

Vice President Global R & D, with FoamPartner since 2011

From 1982 to 1989 Mr. Perler worked in various companies as a development chemist. From 1989 he held various positions at the Ems-Chemie subsidiary EFTEC. During this period he was responsible for the development and application techniques of polyurethane and rubber adhesives as well as acoustically effective coatings for the automotive construction industry. From 1997 he was a member of the executive board of the profit centre EFTEC, Romanshorn.

Silvia Ziebold

Diploma in business administration, Heilbronn Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, Germany, born 1974

Head of Global Marketing & Corporate Communications, with FoamPartner since 2019

Silvia Ziebold has a degree in business administration, and after 5 years in retail, joined Clariant in 2007. There she started out as global product manager for the crop protection segment. She most recently spent more than 8 years working in global marketing for industrial applications, developing marketing strategies and concepts for paints & coatings and synthetic lubricants.