Dr Christoph Ballin
Co-founder and CEO
Christoph is one of Torqeedo's co-founders. In his function as CEO he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and for developing the Torqeedo organisation. He also plays a major role in managing Torqeedo's product strategy, brand development and the company's financing.
Since the company's foundation Christoph has played a key role in planning all Torqeedo products, for which the company has won numerous international prizes for innovation. During the early years of the company he was also responsible for all sales activities and gaining entry into many international markets, including the establishment of the company's subsidiary in Chicago. Prior to founding Torqeedo, Christoph worked for Gardena, the number 1 on the European gardening market. His final position was that of CEO of Gardena Deutschland GmbH and he was responsible for business development in the company's most important market. Christoph began his career with McKinsey & Company. He worked for fives years as a management consultant, primarily for clients from the European consumer goods industry. Christoph studied business administration at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, where he also gained a PhD with research into market models and market revolutions in the specialist field of marketing.
Dr Ralf Plieninger
Torqeedo's technological market leadership continues apace under Ralf's guidance. With a wealth of experience from managing production and manufacturing processes in the technology sector, as CTO he is responsible for all technical areas at Torqeedo, ranging from research & development and procurement to quality, production and service. In his function as COO, Ralf also oversees Torqeedo's operational structures and processes and their continuous optimization.
Ralf worked in a number of senior management positions before joining Torqeedo. At Q-Cells, a global leader in the solar industry, he led central corporate divisions in a number of different functions such as Senior Vice President Planning & Supply Chain Management and Director Business Management, Engineering & Planning. During this period he was in charge of organizations with a staff of up to 250 employees, he was responsible for handling purchasing volumes of up to 500 m Euros per annum, and he set up a manufacturing line in Malaysia. He also worked in various positions at Infineon Technologies, Europe's second largest semiconductor manufacturer. He led research and development for IC Packages and was responsible for technology and production in one of Infineon's wafer fabrication plants.
Physics and mathematics form the basis of his sound education in Germany and Japan. He graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart and gained a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.
Dr Michael Rummel
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Dr Michael Rummel manages Torqeedo’s finances and financial reporting, with a focus on increasing profitability. Michael joined Torqeedo November 2019 as managing director for business development and the project management office. He was then appointed CFO effective April 2020.
Michael came to Torqeedo from Leoni Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH, a global supplier of wires, cables and wiring systems, as well as related development services. At Leoni, Michael was CFO and in charge of finance, controlling and program management. Before joining Leoni, Michael spent 35 years in various managerial functions in the automotive industry, the majority of which was spent at Daimler Group. He holds a degree in Law and Banking.
President Torqeedo Inc.
Steve is President of Torqeedo Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Torqeedo GmbH located in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Steve has been responsible for launching Torqeedo products on the North American market, from Travel to Deep Blue. His wide-ranging experience in sales and marketing in the high-tech sector and his excellent feel for trends in the nautical industry have reaped great success for Torqeedo in the USA and Canada. Besides leading the US team and acquiring new customers, Steve has ensured Torqeedo's constant presence in the media in North America and helped us achieve a strong market presence within a short period. Steve is a high-tech product sales manager to the core. Before joining Torqeedo, he worked as sales director for a number of Silicon Valley start-ups, helping them achieve sales and growth. His understanding of IT products led him to Red Oak Marketing, a provider of online marketing strategies in the marine industry. And from there it was just one small step to Torqeedo.
Steve is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul (Minnesota) with a double degree in political science as well as law and social science.
President & Managing Director Torqeedo Asia Pacific Ltd.
Marcus is responsible for Torqeedo Asia Pacific Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Torqeedo GmbH located in the heart of Bangkok, as President & Managing Director since 2018. The whole portfolio of Torqeedo products have been implemented for the Asia Pacific region to further develop the market. With his first assignment in Asia in 2003, he has accumulated fundamental experience and an extensive network in the region.
Before joining Torqeedo, Marcus has been responsible to establish new sales, service and application divisions as well as to develop a distributor network at Carl Zeiss Southeast Asia as General Manager. Moving on to his next assignment as Director Automotive for a German logistics company, he was in charge of import, transportation and tender management for German luxury cars. Marcus holds a Master degree in International Business and Communication Asia, FH Konstanz.
Vice President – Mechanical Development
With significant success and a wealth of experience in innovative technical solutions – from large drive units to small electrical machines – and the transfer of innovations into series production, Frank is another valuable asset in our management team. Frank has been responsible for all aspects of mechanical development, from planning and design to testing and production release since 2015.
Frank looks back on a variety of positions in technical product and innovation development. His first post with ZF Friedrichshafen laid the foundations for his expertise in drive engineering. He spent six years in his second position at MTU Friedrichshafen developing diesel engines for heavy vehicles before becoming project manager for the development and productionisation of high performance vehicles at Mercedes-AMG. After a number of successful production start-ups of AMG vehicles, Frank moved to Hilti, where he was responsible for preliminary development for electrical tools and accessories for a total of six years. Before joining Torqeedo, Frank was applications engineering manager at Klueber Lubrication, a leading manufacturer of lubricants.
Frank graduated from RWTH Aachen with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Vice President – Corporates Services
The corporate services department at Torqeedo is led by Daniel Hofmeier. His team is responsible for defining and optimizing our global service strategy. The corporate services team develops tools, processes, and standards to ensure that Torqeedo customers have the best service experience possible, both in-house and with our service partners around the world. Daniel also serves as an important interface between our customers and service partners and management, the quality team, and product management.
Daniel joined Torqeedo in 2009 as service manager, later serving as plant manager. Daniel led Torqeedo’s quality and service department starting in 2013. With the expansion of the management team in 2019, Daniel moved into the newly-created corporate services role. Before joining Torqeedo, Daniel was a team leader on the quality assurance team at BMW.
Daniel is an industrial engineer with a degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.
Vice President – Marketing
Oliver is responsible for Torqeedo’s worldwide marketing and communication strategies. He leads the marketing, e-commerce and communications teams. His teams are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring marketing campaigns and promotional events, maintaining and improving Torqeedo’s brand awareness and online presence.
Oliver came to Torqeedo from his role as head of marketing communication and brand strategy for Hyundai Motor Europe. He was responsible for the development and implementation of Hyundai’s pan-European strategy and campaigns, with a particular focus on digital transformation, content, brand and mass-marketing activities. Oliver gained experience in marketing electric mobility by launching the Hyundai Ioniq – the world’s first vehicle offering three electrified powertrains.
Before joining Hyundai, Oliver held various management positions in the automotive industry and in marketing consulting. He holds the German equivalent to an MBA with focus on marketing, innovation management and advertising psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Vice President – Quality
Jochen Czabke is responsible for the quality department at Torqeedo. His teams ensure that Torqeedo products perform at a high and consistent level of quality and standards compliance. The quality engineering team is in charge of the continuous improvement of Torqeedo products. This team performs quality tests at multiple stages of the product life, including pre-production, serial production and ongoing quality testing programs. The test stand engineering team develops and manages Torqeedo’s end-of-line test stands, where each product is individually tested before leaving the factory. The quality compliance and regulatory affairs team makes sure that our products comply with international standards and rules, and manages certification projects with governments and regulatory agencies around the world.
Before joining Torqeedo, Jochen was a consultant in the automotive and marine industry for two Munich-based boutique consulting firms. International projects in the field of development, production and quality have given him a broad view across sectors. He also spent several years at Bavaria Yachts, one of the largest manufacturers of sailing yachts and powerboats in the world, in various roles. His final position at Bavaria was product manager for sailing yachts.
As a young adult, Jochen acquired an engineering degree in wood technology (Dipl. Ing. (Fh)) from the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim. He later achieved a Master’s of Science degree at Oregon State University with a focus on production management and strategic marketing.
Vice President – Program Management
The program management department at Torqeedo is led by Thomas Wiedemann. His team is responsible for managing development and large-change projects to achieve the specified goals and benefits for the company, while keeping a comprehensive view of the organization and its business. He is also responsible for the co-design and implementation of the product development roadmap, making sure all decisions regarding products and procedures are in alignment with Torqeedo’s overall strategic plan.
Thomas came to Torqeedo from BMW AG, where he started his career as a specialist in engine calibration. He later worked as an expert in powertrain strategy, focusing on the management of electric and combustion powertrain projects, including emissions strategy. Thomas was then promoted to head of emissions, where he was responsible for drivetrain development in compliance with emissions legislation for petrol drive systems worldwide.
Thomas holds a Dipl.-Ing. TU Munich in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on thermo- and fluid dynamics and automotive engineering.
Vice President – Electronics and Software Development
Dirk leads the electronics and software development team at Torqeedo. Coding of software can account for more than 30% of the development work for today’s electric propulsion systems, ensuring all components are efficient and safe to operate. Dirk’s team also develops the data networks that allow system components and batteries to seamlessly work together to estimate range and runtime, communicate status messages, integrate sensor data, and deliver a delightful user experience.
Dirk joined Torqeedo in 2019 as team leader for low-voltage electronics development and was promoted to vice president of electronics and software development in 2020. He came to Torqeedo from Knorr Bremse where he served as director of electronics control engineering for braking systems for freight, passenger and high-speed trains. In his previous role at MAN Energy Solutions SE, Dirk led the development of control units for marine propulsion systems and power plants.
Dirk holds a Dipl. in computer science from TU Clausthal with a focus on modern microelectronics, intelligent networking and functional safety.
Vice President – Sales EMEA
Jochen Engelmann joined Torqeedo as vice president sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2020, focusing on strategic planning and sales reporting. He oversees Torqeedo’s project sales team, which focuses on OEM accounts, complex projects, and working with the public sector to develop holistic approaches to electrifying waterways. He also leads the sales support, technical service, field service, and retail sales organizations, together with a robust dealer and distributor network.
Jochen came to Torqeedo from Volvo Penta, where he was head of sales, central Europe, for the industrial engine division. Before joining Volvo Penta, he worked in the engine development department at Stihl as a technical project manager. Jochen graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University and an Executive MBA from TU Munich.