Chief Executive Officer Frank Stührenberg is the Chairman of our Executive Board. Having originally graduated in economic sciences, he has worked at Phoenix Contact since 1992. In 2001, Frank Stührenberg was appointed to the Executive Board and has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since January 1, 2015.
Company structure and Executive Board
In our three main business fields, plus our new business fields, we develop innovative solutions for the future. With the 100,000 products that we offer, we have a diverse portfolio. They are the result of decades of intensive development and consistent customer focus.
The six-member Executive Board supports our company in this endeavor.
Business Area Device Connectors
As a leading device connection technology manufacturer, we develop innovative connection and housing solutions for applications in virtually all areas of industry and infrastructure. When it comes to implementing modern device solutions, device manufacturers have a portfolio at their disposal that boasts over 60,000 products for signal, data, and power transmission. PCB terminal blocks and PCB connectors enable reliable PCB connections with a wide range of connection and mounting options. DIN rail and field housings reliably protect electronics, even in extreme conditions. For individual requirements, we offer excellent services ranging from intuitive configurators to new customer-specific product developments. As your partner, we support you every step of the way in the design-in process – from the initial idea right through to series production.
Business Area Industrial Components and Electronics
As a world-leading provider of industrial connection technology and electronics, we offer a comprehensive product portfolio for setting up and operating control cabinets and systems. Our range includes terminal blocks and industrial connectors for field installation, switching devices, interface technology, and surge protection and power supplies. Various marking systems, tools, and mounting materials complete our portfolio. We also support our customers with software solutions for more efficient engineering as well as numerous different services and systems designed to increase productivity in control cabinet and systems manufacturing.
Business Area Industry Management and Automation
We combine our product expertise with many years of application expertise. By working closely with our customers, we are able to develop smart, practical solutions – primarily for industries in the fields of energy, process industry, infrastructure, and factory automation. Their requirements are systematically reflected in Phoenix Contact’s range of services. Innovative control concepts, software, and products for industrial communication and network technology represent holistic automation.
New Business Fields
We are tapping into business areas that are emerging due to digitalization or other disruptive topics such as cybersecurity and additive manufacturing. This includes, for example, our subsidiary Phoenix Contact E-Mobility. We systematically tap potential in terms of suitable acquisitions or investments in innovative startups through Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures.
Our Executive Board
Dirk Görlitzer, born in 1967, studied Electrical Engineering at the OWL University of Applied Sciences in Lemgo, and has worked at Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG since 1994. Dirk Görlitzer started his career as a product manager. In 1999, he was appointed Director of Product Marketing Connection Technology, in 2003, Director of the Business Unit Industrial Connection Technology, and in 2011, Director of the Industrial Components Division. Dirk Görlitzer has been President and Member of the Board of the Business Area Industrial Components and Electronics (ICE) since 2016. As Chief Operations Officer (COO), he has also been a Member of the Phoenix Contact Executive Board since August 1, 2020. In this role, he is head of the Manufacturing Solutions Business Area and the subsidiary in China.
Dirk Görlitzer is a member of the Hannover Messe Exhibitor Advisory Committee.
Torsten Janwlecke, born in 1965, studied Electrical Engineering specializing in Communications Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. He has been working for Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG since 2016. Torsten Janwlecke has held various management roles during his career, in German and Japanese firms. He was a General Manager in the connector industry for more than ten years before moving to Phoenix Contact. He has been President and Member of the Board of the Business Area Device Connectors (DC) since 2016. As Chief Operations Officer (COO), Torsten Janwlecke has also been a Member of the Phoenix Contact Executive Board since August 1, 2020. As part of his duties, he is responsible for the Quality & Compliance, Facility Management, and Metal Component Manufacturing divisions. The Phoenix Feinbau company based in Lüdenscheid also falls under his responsibilities. Torsten Janwlecke is a member of the Electronica Advisory Board and the Light + Building Exhibitor Advisory Council.
Having originally graduated in control and automation technology, Ulrich Leidecker has worked at Phoenix Contact since 1994. He has been President of the Business Area Industry Management and Automation (IMA) since 2016, and as Chief Operating Officer (COO), has also been a Member of the Phoenix Contact Executive Board since August 2020. In this role, Ulrich Leidecker is responsible for the Purchase and Logistics divisions, as well as for the subsidiary in the USA.
Dr. Frank Possel-Dölken has worked at Phoenix Contact since 2008. Having originally graduated in Mechanical Engineering, he was appointed to the Phoenix Contact Executive Board in August 2020 as the company’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO). In this role, Frank Possel-Dölken is responsible for the Digital Processes & Solutions and Digital Business Experience Management divisions (digital customer interface and sales channels). He is also responsible for overall innovation management as well as intellectual property and license management.
Having originally graduated in mechanical engineering, Axel Wachholz has been General Manager at Phoenix Contact since January 2018. As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he is responsible for Finance, Controlling, Taxes, Law, Risk Management, Compliance, and Corporate Governance.