Axel Schwerdtfeger has been the Executive Board member responsible for Product Portfolio Management, as well as CTO at HAWE Hydraulik SE since January 2019.
Prior to taking on these executive responsibilities, Mr Schwerdtfeger worked for three years as Head of Development Management, where he was responsible for restructuring the teams as well as process design for the entire department. In his new position, he will be responsible for new product development, product life cycles as well as series production support for established products. Digitalisation, cost-oriented simplification and ever-more complex legislation are only some of the challenges which are tackled responsibly and strategically in this department, both today and in the future. HAWE customers and partners expect products that help shape technological change, as well as holistic solutions that provide the end user with concrete added value.
Axel Schwerdtfeger previously held leading positions in the HAWE Group in production in Germany and abroad and in systems engineering. He has also gained international experience at HAWE Oil Hydraulic Technology in China, where he worked as Chief Operating Officer (COO) from 2008 to 2010.
Following his training to become an industrial mechanic, Axel Schwerdtfeger studied industrial engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, during which he spent a year in the USA as a recipient of a stipend from the German federal government. He then began working at HAWE Hydraulik in 2005.
Axel Schwerdtfeger is married and has two children.