Company Management

Management Teams Viessmann Group

Personal responsibility is one of our management principles at Viessmann. We expect our managers to lead by example. Our purpose is to create living spaces for generations to come.

Family Holding

Laying the foundation for generations to come

In the 103rd year of our company’s history, we repositioned ourselves with the Viessmann Family Holding and laid the foundation for generations to come. In this way, we are ensuring the company’s independence for the long term and the active involvement of the owner family over generations. The holding is managed by the Board of Directors.

Executive Members of the Board of Directors

Operationally, the Family Holding is managed by the Executive Board. Maximilian Viessmann is represented on the Board as a member of the owner family. Chief Financial Officer Dr. Ulrich Hüllmann and Chief People Officer Frauke von Polier complete the management team.

Maximilian Viessmann

President and Chief Executive Officer

In 2018, Professor Martin Viessmann’s son Maximilian took over the management of the company as Co-CEO, together with Joachim Janssen. The industrial engineer and management consultant has been active in the company since 2015 and has been the sole CEO of the Viessmann Group since July 2022. Since the global partnership of Viessmann Climate Solutions and Carrier Global, he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the ​​leading global provider of intelligent climate and energy solutions with headquarters in the US. Both privately and professionally, he feels fulfilled by making a contribution for generations to come. Through the values “responsible”, “team-oriented”, and “entrepreneurial”, the family-owned company expresses how it puts people front and center and continually invests in the development and the diversity of the members of the large Viessmann family.

Dr. Ulrich Hüllmann

Chief Financial Officer

Since joining the company in 2015, the doctor of business administration has been CFO of the Viessmann Group. Prior to this, he worked for GEA Farm Technologies for nine and a half years, most recently as CEO. His motto: “It’s all about people.” Ulrich was born in 1968, is married, and has three children. Playing sports with friends is very important to him.

Frauke von Polier

Chief People Officer

Since 2022, Frauke has taken on the role of Group CPO and, together with Max, drives all activities related to talent development, leadership and organization across the Group. She has been a strong advocate for dynamic HR processes at industry leaders such as SAP and Zalando – and is passionately committed to startup founders from the HR tech sector. In life as in her job, she is guided by the motto that "success and failure are the same thing if your life is about who you are becoming". This is exactly the culture she wants to establish at the group level as well. She loves to spend her free time with family and friends.

Boris Scukanec Hopinski

Chief Operating Officer

As COO of the Viessmann Group since 2024, Boris has been driving operational excellence on the one hand and reinvesting the family company’s proceeds on the other. With almost 20 years of experience in the financial sector – on the investment banking side at Goldman Sachs and in top leadership positions at UniCredit – he combines comprehensive financial, strategic and operational expertise. In addition to his love for his family, he is passionate about sports and brass band music.

Non-Executive Members of the Board of Directors

The entrepreneurial personalities in the Board of Directors actively support the Executive Board with advice and ideas, oversee its work, and ensure high standards of corporate governance and corporate responsibility.

The Board of Directors consists of the following non-executive members:

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Viessmann
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Rödder (Deputy Chairman)
  • Madeleine Jahr
  • Dr. Albert Christmann 
  • Dr. Dieter Heuskel
Business Areas

Our business areas and diversification areas

Viessmann Clean & Cool Solutions

The Clean & Cool Solutions business area includes energy efficient cold and freezer rooms with sustainable running refrigeration units and fitting shelving systems for the safe storage of food or medical products, as well as clean rooms for ensuring clean environments during sensitive processes. The solutions are energy-efficient, excellent hygienic characteristics and can be built modular.

Viessmann Clean & Cool Solutions
Frank Winters Chief Executive Officer

Frank Winters has been head of the Refrigeration Solutions business area since October 2017. He gained many years of experience in refrigeration technology at Carrier, most recently as General Manager Northern Europe. His motto: “Life is full of surprises, but there are no guarantees.” Frank was born in the Netherlands in 1970, is married, and has three sons. In his free time he likes playing soccer. He enjoys skiing and snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

Michael Luz Chief Financial Officer

Michael Luz has been part of the Viessmann family since 2004. After holding various positions, including Managing Director of Viessmann Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung GmbH, the graduate in business administration (MBA) and engineering (BA) took over the role of CFO for the Refrigeration Solutions business area at the beginning of 2017. Michael was born in 1977 and lives with his family near Munich. He enjoys spending his free time with his family in the mountains.

Viessmann Investment

To prepare for the future with its changing global environment, we are tapping further growth potential through targeted acquisitions. We offer the opportunity to interested entrepreneurs, to branch into new regions and markets with us. The Viessmann Investment business area considers itself as a "company for entrepreneurs". In concrete terms, this means the sustainable, partnership-based further development of portfolio companies with considerable entrepreneurial freedom. This business area is the responsibility of the Viessmann Investment Board.

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Timo Tauber Managing Director

As Managing Director, Timo is responsible for the Investment business area and the M&A activities of the Viessmann Group. Before joining Viessmann in 2016, Timo gained many years of transaction experience in the technology sector, working for, among others, a private equity fund and as a lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Timo was born in 1980 and tries to improve his performance on his racing bike all year round.

VC/O

Digitalization creates new challenges for us that we boldly take up. With our digital unit VC/O, we not only monitor developments but actively shape them and secure potential for the future. We invest in start-ups and new business models. The diversification business unit VC/O is managed by a two-person management board.

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Prof. Dr. Markus Pfuhl Managing Director

Professor Dr. Markus Pfuhl has been a member of the Viessmann family since 2003, where he worked in IT and corporate development. In the role of Chief Digital Officer from 2017 to 2020, he was responsible for the digital transformation of the company. Markus was born in 1973 and enjoys making music in his free time. Since 2020, he has been Chief Representative in the Family Holding, alongside his work in VC/O.

Tobias Rappers Managing Director

Graduate in business administration (MSc) Tobias Rappers, who previously worked for seven years as a management consultant in the digital sector at Roland Berger and as Managing Director of the innovation hub “Spielfeld” of Roland Berger and Visa Inc., has been Managing Director of Maschinenraum and VC/O, the innovation ecosystem of the Viessmann Group, since August 2019. Tobias, born in 1986, is an enthusiastic skier and kite surfer.

Viessmann Real Estate

Viessmann Real Estate manages our properties as well as our hotels and restaurants. We operate four hotel and restaurant businesses close to our company headquarters in Allendorf/Eder, which are available to our customers, partners, employees, and guests from the region. The diversification business unit Viessmann Real Estate is managed by a two-member management board.

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Kai Efing Managing Director

Kai Efing joined Viessmann Real Estate as Managing Director in 2020. He previously worked, among others, for an international real estate consultant and in a German single family office, where he built up the real estate division. Kai was born in 1985 and lives with his family in Düsseldorf. In his free time, Kai enjoys playing golf or cooking for friends and family.

Foundation activities

Viessmann Foundations activities

Creating living spaces for generations to come – the purpose of the Viessmann Group is also groundbreaking for the social commitment of the family business. For us as a family-owned company, social commitment and entrepreneurial action have been inseparably linked since the company was founded. This applies to the Viessmann Foundation, which is clearly focused on the Viessmann Purpose, as well as to the Viessmann Allendorf Foundation, the Hans Vießmann Technologie Foundation and the Dr. Hans Vießmann Foundation.

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Prof. Dr. Markus Pfuhl Managing Director Viessmann Foundation gGmbH

In addition to his activities as Chief Representative of the Family Holding and Managing Director of the VC/O Business Area, Markus is also Managing Director of the Viessmann Foundation gGmbH.