Dr. rer. nat. Volkmar Denner

Chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH

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Volkmar Denner has been chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and a limited partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG since July 1, 2012. His responsibilities include corporate strategy, corporate communications and governmental affairs, and real estate and facilities. Denner is also chief technology officer and is responsible for the corporate sector Research and Advance Engineering as well as the chief digital office. In addition, he is responsible for the Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH subsidiary and Bosch operations in China.

Born in Uhingen, Germany, on November 30, 1956, Volkmar Denner is married and has three children. After taking his university entrance examination in 1975, he studied physics at the University of Stuttgart, taking his diploma examination in 1981. After a research spell in the U.S., he was awarded a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) by the University of Stuttgart in 1985 for his research in the area of theoretical solid-state physics.

Denner is a member of the managing board of the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry) and of the BBUG (Baden-Baden Entrepreneurs’ Conference), a trustee of the German Future Prize, of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) CEO advisory board, as well as chairman of the Vereinigung von Freunden der Universität Stuttgart (Society of Friends of the University of Stuttgart). In 2019, Volkmar Denner was admitted to the FISITA Academy of Technical Leadership (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Ingénieurs des Techniques de l’Automobile), and at the beginning of July 2021 to the honorary senate of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Career stages in the Bosch Group


Senior expert for power semiconductor development,

Semiconductors and Electronic Control Units division


Department head in power semiconductor technology development


Department head in integrated circuit development


Head of sales, ECU development, and systems application,

Gasoline Engine Management division


Director of Engine ECU Development


Head of ECU development and product manager for ECUs

Executive vice-president sales and development,

Semiconductors and Electronic Control Units division



Automotive Electronics division


Member of the board of management,

Robert Bosch GmbH

July 2012

Chairman of the board of management

of Robert Bosch GmbH

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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