Frank Haun, born in January 1959 in Marburg/Lahn (Germany), joined Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG in 2003 as Member of the Board. In 2006 he became President & CEO and in 2012 as well President of the Management Board of Wegmann Unternehmens-Holding GmbH & Co. KG. Additionally, he was also appointed Co-CEO of the German-French joint venture KMW+Nexter Defense Systems N.V. (KNDS) with its Headquarters in Amsterdam in December 2015 followed by his assignation as single CEO of the company in December 2020.
From 1979 – 1986 Frank Haun studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), where he earned a Master’s Degree as a Mechanical Engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur).
His professional career began in 1986 at Carl Schenck AG where Frank Haun held various national and international management positions. He started as a Project Engineer, followed by positions such as Director Division Powertrain, President of Schenck Italy (Milano, Italy), Director Sales & Marketing, President of Schenck Pegasus Corporation (Troy/Michigan, USA) and President of Schenck Pegasus GmbH (Darmstadt/Püttlingen, Germany). In 1999 he was appointed Member of the Board of Management and in 2000 President & CEO of Carl Schenck AG (Darmstadt, Germany). Additionally, he was appointed Member of the Board of Dürr AG (Zuffenhausen, Germany) in 2001.
Frank Haun is a member of the Advisory Board of Commerzbank AG (Frankfurt, Germany) and the trade magazine European Security & Technology (Bonn, Germany). In 2010 he became a Member of the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference – a unique platform to support the dialogue between all nations and cultures. As a Member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council, Frank Haun is also engaged in the promotion of transatlantic cooperation and international security.
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