Dr. Thomas Ehm (born 15 August 1966) has been the Chairman of the Executive Board at Premium AEROTEC since July 2015 and leads the company's strategic and operative evolution.
Before taking on his current position, Thomas Ehm had been Managing Director and Head of Human Resources for Airbus in Germany since 2012. He was also the head of the centralised HR services department for the Airbus Group (HR Business Services & Operations). Prior to this he was Head of Materials, Logistics and Suppliers at Airbus Customer Services.
Ehm began his professional career as a technical officer in the German air force. In 1993 he moved to become a production engineer for Ferrero, and two years later joined what was then Dasa, a predecessor company of the Airbus Group, as a design engineer on the Eurofighter programme. After holding other management positions at the Dasa headquarters and in the defence division, Ehm moved into HR in 2001, initially as the Head of HR Policy and Deputy Head HR, later as the operative Head of HR in the company's satellite division.
During his time as an officer in the air force, Thomas Ehm studied aerospace technology at the Universität der Bundeswehr (Armed Forces University) in Munich. In the course of his career he has earned both a diploma in industrial engineering from the University of Hagen and a doctorate from BTU Cottbus. Ehm has a private pilot's licence and, in addition to German and English, also speaks French and Spanish.
Kai Arndt (born 29 November 1971) has been Finance Director and a member of the Executive Board at Premium AEROTEC since January 2019. In addition to Finance he is responsible for driving forward the issue of transformation at Premium AEROTEC. In his role, he is also responsible for the company-wide improvement initiative PREMIUM IN ALL WE DO.
Before moving to Premium AEROTEC, Kai Arndt spent three years as the site director of the Airbus plant in Stade. In 2014 Kai was appointed as Vice President of Finance and Controlling of the Hamburg plant.
Kai Arndt started his career as an aircraft mechanic at the Airbus plant in Hamburg in 1988. Having subsequently gained an advanced qualification as a mechanical engineering technician, from 2001 on he took on a range of management roles for Airbus. In 2014 he gained an International Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
Frank Müller (born 29 November 1967) has been Head of Human Resources and a member of the Executive Board at Premium AEROTEC since September 2015.
Before taking on his current position at Premium AEROTEC, Müller worked for Airbus, most recently as the Head of Human Resources at the Hamburg site from 2009 onwards. In total, he has acquired almost 30 years of experience in human resources with the Airbus Group. After completing his business management training at the Bremen site, he transferred to the Human Resources Department there in 1987. Between 1991 and 1997 Müller worked as a HR officer in Varel.
After holding various positions within Airbus’ Human Resources Department in Hamburg, he became Head of HR for the Airbus site in Stade in 2003, before becoming the Head of Human Resources at the biggest German Airbus site in Hamburg, with around 13,000 employees, in 2009. At Premium AEROTEC, he is now responsible for the company’s entire HR organisation. Frank Müller is married with one child.
Joachim Nägele (born 5 April 1962) has been the Head of Programmes and Sales at Premium AEROTEC since January 2009 and was appointed to the company's Executive Board in November 2010. He is responsible for the civilian and military programme sectors.
Before taking on his current position, Joachim Nägele was responsible for aerostructure programs of EADS Military Air Systems from 2005 onwards, and in this function was a member of the Executive Board. He had worked there in the Tendering and Order Management Department since 1993, and had been Head of Tendering and Order Management since 1996.
The qualified graduate engineer started his professional career at Schneider Rundfunkwerke AG in 1987. In 1989 he moved to Kraus-Maffei AG as Quality Assurance Manager, and in the same year was promoted to planning engineer.
Dr. Jens Walla
Dr. Jens Walla (born 13 June 1961) has been Head of Operations (COO) and a member of the Executive Board at Premium AEROTEC since October 2016. He is responsible for day-to-day business operations at the Augsburg, Bremen, Nordenham, Varel and Braşov (Romania) plants.
Before taking on his current position, Jens Walla had been Head of Central Operations for the company since February 2016. Before moving to Premium AEROTEC, he was the plant or site director at various Airbus sites. Most recently, Walla spent eight years as the site director of the Airbus plant in Stade.
Dr. Jens Walla
Jens Walla graduated from his physics course at the University of Bremen with a diploma in 1985, subsequently gaining a doctorate in the subject of material sciences. He joined the predecessor company to Airbus, Deutsche Aerospace, in 1991. Various deployments in quality management and production followed. He gained a total of 25 years’ experience with Airbus.