The GKN Powder Metallurgy Executive Team

Peter Oberparleiter

CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy

Appointment

Appointed to CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy in October 2012

Experience

Joined GKN in 1987 where he held various positions in operational and finance roles in Sinter Metals Europe.
Appointment in 2007 to President Sinter Metals Europe.
In 2009 moved to GKN Driveline as Global Director of Finance and IT.
Peter holds a PhD for business economics from University Innsbruck (Austria) and University Ca Foscari in Venice (Italy).

 

Abdul Butt

President Hoeganaes

Appointment

Appointed to President Hoeganaes in December 2012

Experience

Joined GKN in 1999 from Loughborough University (UK) from where he holds a Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management. He joined GKN’s International Leadership Development program, with assignments in South Korea, US and Europe. Appointed to GKN Sinter Metals in 2004 where he held various Operational Management Positions globally. In November 2011 he moved to Hoeganaes as Chief Operating Officer and became President Hoeganaes in December 2012.

 

Guido Degen

Vice President Business Development and Strategic Planning, GKN Powder Metallurgy

Appointment

Appointed to Vice President Business Development and Strategic Planning, GKN Powder Metallurgy in 2012

Experience

Guido joined GKN Sinter Metals in 1996 as Product Development Engineer. In 2001 he was appointed Plant Manager Bonn and in 2005 took on the dual role of Plant Manager Bonn and Oberhausen. In 2007 he was promoted to Operations Director and took responsibility for the Radevormwald Conventional & Forge plants. In 2008 he became Vice President Operations taking responsibility for Bonn, Filters and the Medium Segment and joined the Regional Management Team. In 2010 he was given additional responsibility for the India operations and supported the integration of the newly formed Europe & Asia Pacific region. In 2011 he took on the dual role of Regional Supply Chain Director and Vice President Operations.
Guido holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cologne, Germany.

 

Christon Franks

President Americas Operations GKN Sinter Metals

Appointment

Appointed in 2013 to President Americas Operations Sinter Metals

Experience

Joined GKN in 2011 as Vice President Sales & Marketing Americas.
Prior to joining GKN, Chris worked in several global automotive companies including MPI International and Metaldyne where he held senior Commercial and Technical roles, including an international role as Managing Director in China. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, with a double major in Finance and Production Operations Management.

External Appointments

Member of Metal Powder Industries Federation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, and Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit

 

Stuart Greidanus

Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Sinter Metals

Appointment

Appointed Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing in January 2012

Experience

Joined GKN in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
Prior to GKN, he held the position of Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing at Kirchhoff Van-Rob.
His past experience at Magna included Vice President of Sales and Engineering, Executive Director of Sales for Ford, Globally.
Director of Sales – Japanese Accounts and Director of Sales, UK Country Manager.

External Appointments

Chairman of Administration Council
Finance Committee Member
Local Parish

 

Rainer Link

Senior Vice President Engineering Sinter Metals

Appointment

Appointed in 2012 to Senior Vice President Engineering

Experience

Joined GKN in 2005 as Vice President Operations before becoming Vice President Sales & Marketing Europe in 2006 and Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing in 2008. Holds a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from University RWTH Aachen before he worked as Manager Engineering & Sales Hydraulic Presses and General Management Powder Technology with Mannesmann Demag Metallurgy and as Managing Director with QMP Metal Powders GmbH and Presicion Components Divisional Director, Schumag AG, Aachen and Copper Plants Divisional Director/ VP.

External Appointments

Member of European Powder Metallurgy Association and Board Member FPM
Member of the GTSB

 

Diego Laurent

Global Finance Director GKN Powder Metallurgy

Appointment

Appointed in 2013 to Global Finance Director

Experience

Joined GKN in 1994 in the Purchasing Function in GKN Driveline Porto Alegre, Brazil, and since then has held a number of senior roles in Financing. More recently held the position of Finance & IT Director, Americas for GKN Driveline based in North Carolina. Holds a degree in Economics, a post graduate qualification in Production Engineering and a post graduate qualification in Finance.

 

Peter Moelgg

President European & Asia Pacific Operations Sinter Metals

Appointment

Appointed in 2009 to President European Operations

Experience

Joined GKN in 1979 and originally worked in Driveline Europe, where held various senior engineering and operational positions in Europe and globally. In 2005 he joined GKN Sinter Metals as Senior Vice President Engineering and in 2008 was aditionally appointed to President Asia Pacific & South America Operations. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

External Appointments

Membership in Kiwanis International as President - Bruneck Organisation

 

Karl-Friedrich Roth

Global HR Director Powder Metallurgy

Appointment

Appointed Global Human Resources Director, GKN Sinter Metals in January 2008.

Experience

Joined GKN Sinter Metals in 1998 as HR Director Germany.  Was appointed European HR Director, GKN Sinter Metals in 2002 and HR Director, GKN Sinter Metals Asia Pacific & South America in 2003.  Prior to joining GKN he held the position of HR and Legal Manager for SGL Carbon/Ringsdorff Sinter.  Earlier in his career he worked as an Advocate for a number of German law firms in Cologne and Bonn and obtained his state law exam from Bonn University before qualifying as a professional Lawyer.

External Appointments

Managing Director for GKN Driveline International GmbH in Germany.

 

Reid Southby

Senior Vice President Global Quality & Product Launch Powder Metallurgy

Appointment

Appointed to SVP Global Quality & Product Launch in May 2014

Experience

Joined GKN in 2014 as SVP Global Quality & Product Launch.
Prior to GKN, he held the position of Plant Manager/General Manager.
Director of Quality and most recently Executive Director of Global Quality, at Magna Powertrain Inc. whom he joined in 2006.
Prior to this he worked at American Axle & Manufacturing and General Motors.
Reid holds a BSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.