Dr. Volker Simon was born on December 22, 1962. He has been a member of the Management Board of Progress-Werk Oberkirch AG since July 1, 2014 responsible for the areas of Market and Technology. At the same time, he has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer.
After completing his degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical Universities of Munich and Darmstadt as well as at Cornell University (USA), he went on to receive his doctorate in Darmstadt. He then began his career at the Power Generation division of Siemens AG in Mülheim an der Ruhr which spanned from 1993 to 2001. He was first a design engineer for steam turbines and later assumed various management positions as Head of steam turbine blading development, steam turbine technology, and ultimately blade manufacturing. The next phase of his career, from 2001 to 2014, was spent at Isringhausen GmbH & Co KG in Lemgo. Here, he initially began as Manager Research and Development and was then appointed as Director Sales and Development. In this role he was responsible for the engineering and sales of commercial vehicle seating systems worldwide. Since 2007, he has held the position of Group Vice President Sales and has been responsible for all worldwide sales activities.
Dr. Simon has several years of international management experience in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, and sales, particularly in the automotive supply industry.