Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Robert Bosch GmbH Managing Partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK)

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Franz Fehrenbach has been chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH since July 1, 2012 and also managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK).

Franz Fehrenbach was born on July 1, 1949, in Kenzingen (Breisgau), Germany. He is married and has three adult sons. After graduating from high school in 1968, he studied industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, where he received his degree in 1975.

He is a member of the board of the Stifterverband, a joint initiative of German industries to promote science and higher education, a member of the supervisory board of BASF SE and of Stihl AG, a member of the advisory board of Stihl Holding AG & Co. KG, a member of the board of directors of Linde plc, as well as a member of the board of trustees of Stiftung Demoskopie Allensbach. He is also an advocate for education and entrepreneurship in his role as an honorary member of “Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.” This initiative brings companies and foundations together in order to prepare Germany’s next generation for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

In 2006, Fehrenbach was named “Eco-Manager of the Year” in the companies category by the environmental foundation WWF Deutschland and the German business magazine “Capital.” In 2008, Fehrenbach was singled out for the “Honorary Golden Steering Wheel” prize, which is awarded to outstanding personalities by a German newspaper. In 2009, he received the environment award presented by B.A.U.M., the German Environmental Management Association. On behalf of Bosch, he accepted the Award for Understanding and Tolerance of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the same year. The business magazine “Capital” presented Franz Fehrenbach with its “Greentech Manager of the Year 2011” award in February 2012. The award is presented to entrepreneurs and managers who are outstandingly successful in promoting the growth of green technologies and whose companies have an innovative and sustainable product portfolio.

Career stages in the Bosch Group


Trainee program


Assistant, Office of the Executive Management,

Electrical and Electronic Engine Equipment Division


Department head in materials planning and logistics,

Stuttgart-Feuerbach Alternator Plant


Commercial Plant Manager, Hildesheim Plant,

Göttingen Branch


Vice President,

Corporate Department for Planning and Controlling


Vice President Finance and Administration,

Robert Bosch Corporation, Automotive Group (USA)


Executive Vice President Finance and Administration,

Robert Bosch Corporation, Automotive Group (USA)


Executive Vice President Finance and Administration,

Starters and Alternators Division


President, Starters and Alternators Division


Executive Vice President Finance and Administration,

Diesel Systems Division


President, Diesel Systems Division


Member of the Board of Management,

Robert Bosch GmbH


Chairman of the Board of Management,

Robert Bosch GmbH

July 2012

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Robert Bosch GmbH,

and Managing Partner of RBIK (Holding Company)

Franz Fehrenbach - September 28, 2015

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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