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.
Dr. Lars Kästle
Dr. Lars Kästle (born 21 March 1973) has been Finance Director (CFO) and a member of the Executive Board at Premium AEROTEC since July 2013. In addition to Finance he is responsible for Procurement and IT.
Before taking on his current position, Lars Kästle was Head of Corporate Controlling for EADS (now Airbus). Prior to that he worked as the Head of Controlling for the A320 programme at Airbus from 2009 onwards. There he played a significant role in the start of the Neo programme and in the decision to set up a final assembly line in the USA.
Dr. Lars Kästle
Between 2004 and 2008 he was responsible for relationships between EADS and institutional investors. Prior to that he was a Senior Manager responsible for the group's procurement policy from 2002 onwards.
Lars Kästle started his professional career in 1998 in the Controlling Department at Airbus. When EADS was founded in 2000, he moved into corporate sourcing for the group. Lars Kästle studied industrial engineering at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and the University of California in Berkeley, graduating in 2004 from the Technische Universität München as an external doctoral candidate.
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 and Varel 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.