Management

The Rittal Board of Management

Our shared determination to succeed is our driving force.

With an enthusiastic workforce and a management team committed to progress, we develop innovative products and solutions on your behalf. Our goal is to boost your competitiveness and make you a winner in the industrial transformation.

Markus Asch
CEO Rittal International

Born 1971 in Ammerbuch. Studies of technical engineering at Hochschule Esslingen – University of Applied Science.

Since 1995 Mr. Asch has held various management positions at Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG, the family-owned company and world market leader for cleaning equipment, most recently as Deputy CEO and CTO. Focus: B2B, development of modular and scalable product and solution platforms and successfully aligned the sales organisation to develop new customer and market potentials.

Since February 2021 CEO of Rittal International Stiftung & Co. KG and Chairman of the Management Board of Rittal GmbH & Co.

Uwe Scharf
Managing Director Rittal Business Units and Marketing

Born in 1964 in Wetzlar. Studied electrical engineering at Gießen-Friedberg Uniersity.

From 1988 to 2001, he held various leadership positions in product management and marketing in industry and IT, most recently as Head of Product Management for Automation Systems at ABB Automation Products.

Since 2001, Mr Scharf has held various senior strategic marketing and product management roles at Rittal. From 2017, he built up the Industry global business unit as Executive Vice President.

In 2019, he was appointed President Business Units IT and Industry, with responsibility for Marketing.

Dr. Thomas Steffen
Managing Director Research and Development

Born in 1961. Dr. Steffen studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen and business administration by distance learning at Hagen university.

He was Vice President Quality Management from 2001 to 2004 then Senior Vice President International Quality Management at Rittal, where amongst other things he set up a global service organisation for all products in the industrial and IT sector.

In 2007 he was appointed Managing Director Research and Development.

Carsten Röttchen
Managing Director Production

Born in Herne in 1968. Studied electrical engineering and industrial engineering at Bochum and Dortmund universities.

He held a number of management roles at Opel from 1993 to 2015, including those of Production Manager and Deputy Plant Manager, where he was involved in boosting the efficiency of production systems and reorganising production structures.

From 2015 to 2017 he was Executive Vice President at Rittal,

and has been Managing Director International Production since 2017.

Dr. René Umlauft
Managing Director International Sales

Born in 1964 in Berlin. Graduated with a doctorate in production technology/factory planning from Dresden Technical University.

Over the past 20 years he has held numerous management roles, including positions in the Power Generation division at Siemens and various roles at MAN SE.

From 2017 to 2019 he was Managing Partner at Römheld & Moelle Eisengießerei GmbH, and parallel to this, worked independently for many years providing consultancy services in strategy, sales and internationalisation.

Since 2019, he has been Managing Director International Sales at Rittal with responsibility for Europe, North and South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.