Rolf Najork new chairman of the executive board of Bosch Rexroth AG

Rolf Najork

  • Effective February 1, 2016, Rolf Najork accepts chairmanship of the executive board of Bosch Rexroth
  • With the expiration of his contract, predecessor Dr. Karl Tragl will leave the company after 16 years

Lohr – Effective February 1, 2016, Rolf Najork (53) will take on the position of chairmanship of the executive board and the responsibility for development at Bosch Rexroth. His predecessor Dr. Karl Tragl (53) will simultaneously leave the company and follow a new direction.

Rolf Najork is currently a managing director of Heraeus Holding GmbH with responsibility for production, purchasing, and development. He held various technical management positions at Ford and Getrag after completing his mechanical engineering studies at RWTH Aachen. As an executive management member Automotive he was then responsible for the division Emobility, Mechatronics, and R&D transmission within the Schaeffler group.

Dr. Karl Tragl leaves Bosch Rexroth after the expiration of his contract on January 31, 2016. The 53 year old is executive board member since 2008, he has held the function as chairman of the executive board since the mid- 2010s. Tragl joined the company in 2000 and was responsible for the global service in the market segment Factory Automation. In 2003, Tragl joined executive management and became the chairman of the business unit Electric Drives and Controls of Bosch Rexroth AG in 2004.

“We thank Mr. Tragl for his high level of commitment in various positions at Bosch Rexroth. He greatly contributed to the establishment of Industry 4.0 in the business, to the preparation of emerging markets like Africa, and to the successful implementation of major projects. Over the past years, Tragl furthermore aligned the company toward its core business and introduced the necessary measures. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors”, says chairman of the supervisory board Dr. Werner Struth. “With Mr. Najork, we are simultaneously gaining a highly qualified executive with proven expertise for our industrial division.”

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 33,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.6 billion euros in 2014.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm.

In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” Additional information is available online at, and

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

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