Executive Team

 

Karine Brand, Chief Executive Officer

Since Karine joined Laird Thermal Systems in 2015 as VP of Engineering and Technology of Thermal Systems, she has successfully restructured the global engineering & technology teams as well as expanded the product and technology developments. She was appointed CEO in January 2019 after serving as Interim CEO since September 2018. During that time, she demonstrated a team-oriented leadership-style and entrepreneurial spirit in combination with a deep understanding of the technology and business. Prior to LTS, she served as Director of R&D and Managing Director at Wieland-Werke AG. Karine holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Heat Transfer from Texas A&M University, USA.

Ingo Peper, Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Laird Thermal Systems in 2019, Ingo held several major positions in financial management. His career started at Blaupunkt GmbH, Bosch Group where he progressed to Head of Finance Controlling, IT and Commercial Services. When Blaupunkt GmbH was acquired by Aurelius Group, he was responsible for restructuring and separating the financial control, IT infrastructure and ERP systems from the former owner. Most recently, Ingo served as Global Finance Director at Kathrein Automotive, a fast-growing antenna supplier for car manufacturers. His ability to strategically manage financial resources and drive digitization across all functions is highly valuable for Laird Thermal Systems. Ingo holds Masters’ degrees in Computer Science/Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering/Business Administration from Technical University Braunschweig, Germany.

Christoph Bauckhage, Vice President Sales & Marketing

Christoph joined Laird Thermal Systems in 2014. With his diverse background in sales, research & development, project management and business development, Christoph brings a valuable understanding of the business technology interface and meeting customer needs. Christoph is experienced in building global leaders in highly engineered components and turnkey systems that provide thermal management solutions to various markets. During the past 15 years, he has been successful in fueling sales growth and creating a global brand image for multiple companies. Christoph holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Corporate Finance and Marketing from European Business School Oestrich-Winkel and a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University, VA, USA.