Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bruno O. Braun

Bruno O. Braun, TÜV Rheinland

Chairman of the Supervisory Board at TÜV Rheinland AG and Chairman of TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V.

Dr. Bruno O. Braun was elected as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TÜV Rheinland AG with effect from 1 January 2010. Since 1992, Prof. Braun had been in office as Chief Executive Officer. He completely reorganised the Group, changing it from a characteristically regional testing organisation commissioned by the government into a service provider operating on the free market. Within this timeframe he integrated TÜV Pfalz, TÜV Berlin Brandenburg and the Motor Vehicle Division of TÜV Saarland into the Group. LGA in Nuremberg was integrated and expanded under a PPP (public private partnership).

Prof. Dr. Bruno O. Braun, born on 26 August 1942 in Bietigheim (Württemberg), began an apprenticeship to become a mechanic before taking his college entrance exams. He then studied mechanical engineering, earned his doctorate and was promoted to professor. Equipped with a combination of practical and scientific knowledge, he began his career in the industrial sector. For 25 years he has been a member of the board of various incorporated companies and has been their President and CEO for 20 of those years.

He has also volunteered his time to many social and cultural institutions. In addition, Prof. Braun has been an honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia since 1994. In 2003 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2007, the German state of Northrhine Westphalia awarded him with its Order of Merit. For his professional and honorary commitment for the collective good, he was awarded with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Since May 2007, Prof. Braun has been President of the VDI - the Association of German Engineers representing the interests of roughly one million engineers in Germany. The Presidentship ended December 2012. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Innovation Dialogue between the German government, the industry, and the science community, initiated by the German chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, and German chairman of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum.

In 2013, the Association of German Engineers VDI awarded Prof. Braun with their Grashof Votive Medal. It is the highest German award for engineers and their exemplary scientific or professional achievements in the field of engineering.

Overview

1963 Studied mechanical engineering, University of Stuttgart (TH)
1968 Graduated in mechnical engineering
1972 Awarded doctorate
1976 Habilitation and award of venia legendi "Steam generation technology", Faculty of Energy Engineering, University of Stuttgart
1976 Vereinigte Kesselwerke AG, Düsseldorf
1980 Appointment as professor, Faculty of Energy Engineering,University of Stuttgart
1982 At the same time member of the Board of Management,Deutsche Babcock-Werke AG, Oberhausen
1985 Chairman of the Board of Management at Sempell AG, Korschenbroich
1990 Chairman of the Board of Management at Lentjes AG, Düsseldorf
1993 Chairman of the Board of Management at TÜV Rheinland e.V. and Chairman of the Executive Board at TÜV Rheinland Holding AG
1994 Honorary consul of the Republic of Latvia
2005 Chairman of the debelux foreign trade cabinet (until 2009)
2007 President of the VDI (until 2012)
2010
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board at TÜV Rheinland AG
  • Member in the Innovation Dialog between German Goverenment, Business and Science of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel
  • Co-Chairman in the German-Chinese Dialog Forum
2013 VDI Grashof Votiv Medal
2014 Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany