Dr. Franz Kleiner
Member of the Board of Management
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Franz Kleiner started his professional career as a personal assistant to the President of the University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, before moving to Daimler Benz AG where he held several prominent positions in finance between 1989 and 1997.

He served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for several companies, including Nortel Networks Germany, a joint venture between Daimler-Benz and Northern Telecom, ZF Group NAO in Northville, Michigan, USA, and ZF Lemforder GmbH and ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Germany.

Prior to his current role, Kleiner served as Head of the Industrial Technology division at ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Passau, Germany.

Since January 2015, Kleiner has been a member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG responsible for business in the North American region. 

He received a doctorate in the faculty of management, economics, and social sciences from the University of Stuttgart (Dr. rer. pol.).