New board members

Roland Bittenauer (links) und Thomas Fechner © Bosch Rexroth

Bosch Rexroth plans to continue to grow faster than the market, with the factory automation sector showing particularly strong growth. The new line-up of the Board of Management supports these growth plans: Thomas Donato is moving to Bosch Power Tools and will become Chairman of the Divisional Board there.

The tasks previously covered by Thomas Donato will be divided between two independent departments. As a result, Roland Bittenauer can concentrate fully on this area of responsibility as the member of the Management Board responsible for sales and marketing. With Fechner, the automation business is now for the first time the responsibility of a member of the Board of Management who has no other functional duties.

“Thomas Donato has provided impetus in mobile hydraulics and later in sales, marketing, and factory automation business since the beginning of 2022, contributing to the very successful development of Bosch Rexroth’s business. I would like to thank him sincerely for his commitment to Bosch Rexroth and wish him every success in his new role at Power Tools,” explains Dr. Markus Forschner, Chief Financial Officer of the Bosch Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bosch Rexroth AG. “With Roland Bittenauer as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and Thomas Fechner as the person responsible for our automation business, we have appointed two experts to the management of Bosch Rexroth who, in their previous roles, have already set the course for the further development of Bosch Rexroth. Now, as part of the Executive Board team, they will drive profitable growth with an even clearer division of responsibilities.”

Bittenauer joined Bosch Rexroth in spring 2021 and is responsible for the sales region with the highest sales, namely Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Previously, the Austrian held senior sales positions at Parker Hannifin and the Austrian company Hainzl Industriesysteme. Bittenauer completed his engineering education at the HTL Steyr in the field of automotive and mechanical engineering. As of June 1, Wolfram Ulrich, currently sales manager in the Large Hydraulic Drives product area, whose products are sold under the Hägglunds brand, will take over as head of the Central Europe sales region.

Fechner joined the Bosch Group in 1998 and has held various engineering and management positions at Bosch Rexroth since 2009. Since 2021, the automation and software expert has headed the Lohr-based Automation & Electrification Solutions product unit, which offers the “CtrlX Automation” automation kit, a core component of Bosch Rexroth’s factory automation business. Fechner is also responsible for the Ulm site, where the company has been operating a customer and innovation center since 2019. Fechner studied physics at the University of Stuttgart. As of June 1, Dr. Maik Rabe will take over as head of the Automation & Electrification Solutions product area, retaining his current role as head of development.