Allow our management team to introduce itself
Putting together a well-functioning, focused management team is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. What’s the recipe to our success? Different characters with different backgrounds, experiences, and core competences, which complement each other ideally.
Together they form a goal-oriented management team in which responsibilities are clearly assigned:
To live up to the claim of being a technology leader, you need strong leadership: Rolf Schwirz has been CEO and chairman of the Group board at FRIWO since 2017 and is responsible for the Technology, Production, and Sales divisions. In him, the FRIWO Group not only has a charismatic management personality with exceptional sales experience, but can also build on a wealth of experience.
Before working at FRIWO, Rolf Schwirz held various management roles at reputable hardware and software companies. He started out his career in 1983 as system analyst for companies such as Siemens Nixdorf and Siemens AG, where he held various management positions.
He then went on to become Head of Mature Markets for EMEA at the SAP software group before performing various international management roles at industry giant Oracle for a period spanning 12 years. This included Senior Vice President Western Continental Europe, Managing Director Nordic-Germany, and Vice President Sales Germany.
Mr. Schwirz then went on to become CEO at Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH. He held the same position at Kontron AG from 2013 to 2016, before finally being recruited for the exciting management role at the FRIWO Group.
Tobias Müller is an e-mobility expert with a long background in the fields of automotive engineering and development processes. In 2019, he became the technological manager of FRIWO’s transformation from product manufacturer to systems provider for digitally controllable, perfectly aligned power supply units and drive solutions from a single source.
With more than 13 years’ experience in automotive engineering, Tobias Müller boasts a unique and comprehensive set of skills and extensive knowledge of some of the best practices in our industry. He started out his engineering career in 2007 as a software engineer at the PORSCHE R&D Center in Weissach, Germany. There, he gained early access to the e-mobility sector and was selected to join the pioneering team that develops PORSCHE’s electric prototypes.
The combination of exciting cutting-edge technologies, a lifelong passion for cars and motorcycles, and the effects of quiet but powerful acceleration was profound and eventually led him to set up his own e-mobility start-up “Emerge-Engineering” in 2010.
Emerge-Engineering focused on the 48V high-end/high-power market for motor control units and battery management systems, which are specially designed for advanced e-scooter-sharing applications. As an early bird, his company acquired approximately 70% of the professional market in 2014/2015 and acted as tier 1 supplier to OEMs of 48V electric vehicles. Emerge-Engineering was also the only supplier for electric scooter-sharing fleets for European cities such as Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Paris, and Bordeaux.
Emerge-Engineering GmbH was acquired by FRIWO in 2019 and Tobias Müller joined the FRIWO team. A chance to start a new, exciting era for the company as a systems provider – both for electromobility and for all other competence markets of FRIWO.
Our COO Dominik Wöffen is a true FRIWO family member. After graduating in business engineering, he started out as a sales manager at our company in 2009, managing exports before becoming Vice President of Business Development in 2013 and taking on responsibility for the development of new products and business divisions.
In 2015, Mr. Wöffen was the only employee sent out to Vietnam from Germany to set up a new manufacturing site for the FRIWO Group. In addition to setting up our unique production facilities in Asia, he was also responsible for horizontal integration there as the General Director of FRIWO Vietnam. In addition to taking over a converter and choke production facility by way of a M&A in 2017, this primarily involved the establishment of our own cable assembly facility (2018) and the construction of our own injection molding capacities (2019).
When he returned to Germany, Mr. Dominik Wöffen was appointed COO in 2018 and has been responsible for global production since then.