Executive Board & Supervisory Board
Hans J. Steininger, Chairman of the Board
Hans J. Steininger is the founder and Managing Partner of Apollo Capital Partners. He established the company back in 1999. Prior to that, he held a number of managerial positions at BMW. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Director of Strategic Planning at BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH, Oberursel, and, from 1995 to 1998, the Director of Portfolio Management and Mergers and Acquisitions at BMW AG, Munich. In 1998, he was appointed Head of Controlling at BMW Powertrain. Hans J. Steininger holds a Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and an MBA in engineering sciences and engineering economics from the Technical University of Munich. Since July 2005, he has been an investor and Chief Financial Officer at MT Aerospace AG and, since 2007, the Chairman of MT Aerospace AG’s Executive Board.
Ulrich Scheib, Chief Commercial Officer
Ulrich Scheib was appointed Chief Commercial Officer as of April 1, 2020 and is responsible for program management, sales, Kourou business and future growth activities. Ulrich Scheib joined the company in October 2015, most recently holding the position of Director of Space Programs, Business Development and Strategy.
Ulrich Scheib studied economics at Berlin Technical University and holds a master’s degree in management from ESC Toulouse. Born in 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany, he looks back on 20 years of management experience in various international management positions. Scheib began his career with Airbus Group in France. Prior to joining the OHB Group, he was Managing Director of RST Rostock. In 2014 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Ministry of Economic of the German State of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania for corporate development in the aviation industry. From 2018 to 2020, Ulrich Scheib has been Managing Director of Rocket Factory Augsburg, a Mini-Launcher start-up within the OHB Group.
Marco Fuchs, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Chairman of the Board of OHB SE and OHB System AG
Marco Fuchs, born in 1962, studied law in Berlin and Hamburg. Following his legal clerkship, he initially worked as a lawyer in Hamburg. He then went on to complete a Master’s degree (LLM) at New York University. After being admitted to practise as an attorney at law, he worked for the law firm Jones Day in New York and then, later on, in Frankfurt.
In 1995, Marco Fuchs returned back to Bremen. He was initially made an authorised signatory in the family company, OHB System GmbH, set up by his parents and then went on to become its Managing Director. In 2000, he became the Chairman of the Board of OHB SE, the holding company of the OHB Group with some 2,800 employees worldwide. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of OHB System AG. In addition, Marco Fuchs has also held the position of Honorary Consul of Italy in Bremen since 2008 and has been the Vice President of Aerospace at the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) since 2017.
Marco Fuchs has been a member of the Supervisory Board of MT Aerospace AG since 2005 and became Chairman of the Board in 2011.
Prof. Dr. Axel Stepken, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Chairman of the Board, TÜV SÜD AG
Axel Stepken was born in Essen, Germany. He completed his degree in electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and gained his doctorate in 1989 in the field of high voltage engineering, earning the right to use the academic title “Dr.-Ing.”.
Following on from his PhD, Axel Stepken held various executive positions at ABB in the power transmission and distribution sector both in Germany and Indonesia. He then moved as a member of the Board to TÜV SÜD AG, where he assumed responsibility for the strategic business divisions of MANKIND and INDUSTRY as well as the ASIA region. In June 2007, Axel Stepken was appointed Chairman of the Board of TÜV SÜD AG.
Axel Stepken is a member of the steering committee of the OAV (East-Asian Association), a member of the steering committee of the VDI (Association of German Engineers), a member of the steering committee of the Donors’ Association for German Science and a member of the senate of acatech (German Academy of Science and Engineering). He is also an honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich.
Axel Stepken was named a Member of the Supervisory Board of MT Aerospace AG in 2016 and made Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 2017.
Managing Partner of the law firm association SGP Schneider Geiwitz
Arndt Geiwitz, born in 1969, has been a member of the MT Aerospace AG Supervisory Board since 2017. He studied at the University of Passau, is an auditor and tax advisor and has been a Managing Partner of the law firm association SGP Schneider Geiwitz for the past 15 years. In his role as an auditor, he advises medium-sized and listed companies in particular on issues relating to risk management, strategy and M&A.
OHB SE Board Representative
Peter Hartmann, born in 1948, earned his degree in law from the University of Würzburg. He then went on to study administrative sciences in Speyer and at the federal finance academy. During his time at the Free State of Bavaria, he took part in management training organised by the Bavarian ministerial administration
He started his professional career with the Bavarian fiscal authority. His career took him from the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance to the Bavarian State Chancellery, where he was responsible for Bavaria’s investment, innovation and economic policies. His final role in the Free State of Bavaria was as Head of Department for the Economy, where he was involved in the privatisation and innovative drive during Mr Stoiber’s first term in office as Minister President. At the end of 1994, he moved to the private sector.
In the energy sector, he was a Financial Director at Bayernwerk Wasserkraft, RMD AG and BAWAG before switching to the real estate industry, where he restructured and sold the Bayerische Landessiedlung GmbH for the Free State of Bavaria.
Since 2007, he has held a number of different managerial positions within the OHB Group. Peter Hartmann has been a member of the MT Aerospace AG Supervisory Board since 2014.
Dieter Holzportz, employee representative
Chairman of the MT Aerospace AG works council, chairman of the OHB SE group works council
Dieter Holzportz, born in 1956, joined MAN Technologie AG in Munich as a design engineer in 1986 following successful completion of his degree in aviation and aerospace technology. Following the change in ownership, he worked on various space projects at MT Aerospace AG, most recently in the role of project manager. He has been a member of the works council since 2009 and the exempted chairman of the MT Aerospace AG works council since 2016. In 2018, he was appointed the chairman of the OHB SE group works council. Dieter Holzportz has been a member of the supervisory board (employee representative) of MT Aerospace AG since 2016.
Kristina Spina, employee representative
Design engineer at MT Mechatronics GmbH in Mainz
Kristina Spina, born in 1976 in Mainz, completed her vocational training as a technical draughtswoman for mechanical engineering at Feinmechanische Werke Mainz in 1997. Ms Spina joined MAN Technologie AG, the legal predecessor of MT Mechatronics GmbH, in 1999. As a design engineer, she has since worked on numerous antenna and radio telescope projects. Ms Spina has been a member of the supervisory board of MT Aerospace AG since 2016. She has also been a member of both the group works council since 2010 and of the SE works council since the foundation of OHB SE.