Executive board

Chairperson
Prof. Dr. Andreas Taschner

Andreas Taschner is the programme director for the degree programme “International Operations and Logistics Management”. Taschner joined ESB Business School, Reutlingen University in 2011 as a professor of management accounting. During his 12 years in industry, Taschner held various positions in the telecommunications industry. Andreas Taschner studied Business Administration at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Taschner focuses his research and publication activities on management accounting problems in an international manufacturing environment with a special focus on supply chains and has published various textbooks and journal papers on management accounting topics. Andreas Taschner is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Vice-chairperson
Prof. Dr. Mohd Ridzuan Bin Darun

Mohd Ridzuan Darun is associate professor at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (Malaysia) and was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Management (FIM) from May 2014 until May 2019.  He is an expert in management accounting, management control systems, Halal supply chain and working capital management. He has a great interest in Blockchain Technology and is currently leading various projects on the adoption of Blockchain technology in supply chain, mobile wallet and anti-forgery apps. Ridzuan was Chairman of Peer Review Committee of ABEST21 based in Japan (2017-2019). He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Finance (majoring in corporate finance and investment) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA, Master of Business Administration from Universiti Utara Malaysia, and a PhD in Accounting from Lincoln University, New Zealand. Under his leadership, FIM obtained an international accreditation from ABEST21. He also created a new FIM Governance and Integrity Centre (FGIC) and FIM Learning Factory. Furthermore, he established several new collaborations with related international and domestic institutions.

Treasurer
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Brumme

Hendrik Brumme (Doctorate, Erasmus University; Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur, Karlsruhe University) has been President of Reutlingen University since 2012. Previously, he served as Vice-President at the same institution for a five-year term.

During the 16 years of industrial experience at Hewlett Packard, he held a number of senior management positions. From 1998 to 2004, he was Director of Operations and Head of the European Enterprise Systems plant in Germany with an annual turnover of $US 2.5 bn. This manufacturing facility won several industrial awards for excellence.

His teaching and research focus is in the fields of supply chain management; logistics planning as well as factory management and development.

Vice-treasurer
Prof Dr. Hazel Grünewald

Hazel Gruenewald (PhD, MA, BA (Hons) University of Nottingham) is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Head of International Relations at ESB Business School, Reutlingen University. She has worked as a visiting professor at Zagreb School of Management and Economics and at Universiti Malaysia Pahang. Prior to working at ESB, she worked at Hewlett Packard, APlus.Net and MANN+HUMMEL GmbH  in a variety of roles in programme management, corporate training & development and management development.

Her research interests include gamification and motivation in the workplace.

Secretary
Wilhelm Hahn

In third generation Managing Director of Wiha Werkzeuge GmbH. Wiha is a family owned
German SME producing high quality hand-tools such as screwdrivers, bits, pliers, hex-keys and
much more. Wiha has 5 factories in 4 countries – one of them being Vietnam – and is
represented in over 50 countries world-wide with about 1.000 employees.

Wilhelm Hahn has a master degree in Business Engineering from the University of Applied
Science in Karlsruhe. After graduation he worked as a consultant in a Lean Manufacturing
consultancy before joining the family business. He gradually took on more responsibility and
is now in charge of order fulfilment, production, logistics and all administrative processes.

Associate member
Dr. Elmore R. Alexander

Elmore Alexander (PhD, MA, University of Georgia; BA, Wake Forest University) is Dean Emeritus of the Louis Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Previously, he served as Dean of Business at Marist College, Philadelphia U and Johns Hopkins U.  He has also had academic appointments at American U and the U of Memphis.

His research interests include international business and organizational behavior.  His research has appeared in Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Management, Management Communication Quarterly and Personnel Psychology.    He has consulted for the Army Research Institute, FedEx, Hunt-Wesson, Kimberly-Clark and the U.S. Postal Service. 

Associate member
Daniel Nothelfer

Daniel Nothelfer supports Danaher's Life Sciences businesses in mergers and acquisitions as Vice-president of Business Development.
Prior to that he worked in Private Equity and with McKinsey & Company in strategy consulting.

Daniel is an ESB Business School alumnus and graduated from the German-French double-degree programme in 2001. He also holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. He lives with his family in Bad Homburg,Germany.