Professor Dr. Klaus Steffens
Professor. Dr. Klaus Steffens has high-level, international experience of the automotive and jet engine manufacturing and supply chains. He was appointed as a Senior Adviser at Steen in 2011 to strengthen further the firm's expertise across these sectors.
From 2000 to 2004, Professor Steffens headed up the executive management of MTU, the leading jet engine manufacturer, steering the company through the globalisation of the business, sale to a private equity company and preparation for an IPO. He joined MTU in 1996 as COO and was responsible for programmes such as the engine for the Eurofighter, the European transportation airplane A400M, and the A380, as well as the restructuring of the company. Klaus remains a member of MTU's Supervisory Board.
Prior to this, as Chief Executive Engineer at Ford Motor Company, based in the UK, Professor Steffens held global responsibility for the development and production process engineering of Ford's transmission systems, having previously gained international experience in a number of management positions in production and development at the company.
He is currently serving on the supervisory board of MTU AG and numerous other private companies. He teaches the "Technology of Aircraft Propulsion" as a guest professor at the technical University of Aachen.
Professor Steffens studied General Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and has a doctorial degree in production technology. A native of Germany, in addition to German, he speaks English and Italian.