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Oliver Burkhard

Member of the Board and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Labor Director

Oliver Burkhard

Born 1972, apprenticeship as a public administration clerk, studied business administration at Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

  • Responsible for the Corporate Center People, Legal & Compliance (Human Resources Management, Legal & Compliance) and the Service Units thyssenkrupp Services und thyssenkrupp Information Management

  • Responsible for the regions German-speaking area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein), Middle East & Africa, India, South America and Asia-Pacific.

  • The personnel directors of the business segments report directly to Oliver Burkhard.

  • Overall responsibility for the businesses Industrial Components (Bearings and Forged Technologies) and Marine Systems.


Following his apprenticeship as a public administration clerk from 1988 to 1991, Oliver Burkhard worked in the National Accounts department of the German Federal Statistical Office from 1991 to 1997. From 1993 to 1998 he also studied business administration at Mainz University of Applied Sciences in parallel with his work.

In 1997 Oliver Burkhard moved to the IG Metall metalworkers’ trade union, where he was, inter alia, Political Secretary on the Federal Executive Committee. From 2002 to 2004 he was District Secretary/Secretary for Collective Bargaining at IG Metall in North Rhine-Westphalia, before returning to the IG Metall Federal Executive Committee in 2005 as head of the collective bargaining policy department. At the end of 2007 Oliver Burkhard became the youngest-ever District Manager of IG Metall in North Rhine-Westphalia.

He has been a member of the Executive Board and CHRO of thyssenkrupp AG since 2013.
In this function he has company-wide responsibility for Human Resources, Legal & Compliance, IT, and management of the service companies.


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