Mr. Johan Eliasch has served as Chairman of the Management Board of the HEAD GROUP and Group Chief Executive Officer since September 1995.
Johan Eliasch, born in Sweden in 1962, is the former Special Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and is chairman of Equity Partners, Aman Resorts and London Films. He is a non-executive director of CV Starr Underwriting Agents. He is a non-executive chairman of Investcorp Europe. He is a member of board of directors of Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment. He is an advisory board member of Brasilinvest, Societe du Louvre, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Capstar, Centre for Social Justice and the British Olympic Association. He is a member of the Mayors of London's, Jerusalem and Rome's International Business Advisory Councils. He is the first President of the Global Strategy Forum, a trustee of the Kew Foundation and a patron of the Stockholm University. He is chairing the Food, Energy and Water security program at RUSI.
Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Curling, Sailing, Motor Racing, Ice Hockey
Mr. Ralf Bernhart has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the HEAD GROUP since October 2000 until May 2009. He was a member of the HTM Supervisory Board in 1995 prior to becoming a member of the HTM Management Board in 1996. Prior to joining HEAD, from 1990 to 1995, Mr. Bernhart was a member of the Executive Board of Hafslund Nycomed Pharma AG, Austria, a leading pharmaceutical company. On May 28, 2009, Mr. Bernhart resigned from his position as Chief Financial Officer of the HEAD GROUP. Since May 2009, Mr. Bernhart is serving as member of our Management Board.
Mr. Ralf Bernhart has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the HEAD GROUP since October 2000 until May 2009. He was a member of the HTM Supervisory Board in 1995 prior to becoming a member of the HTM Management Board in 1996. Prior to joining Head, from 1990 to 1995, Mr. Bernhart was a member of the Executive Board of Hafslund Nycomed Pharma AG, Austria, a leading pharmaceutical company. On May 28, 2009, Mr. Bernhart resigned from his position as Chief Financial Officer of the HEAD GROUP. Since May 2009, Mr. Bernhart is serving as member of our Management Board.
Mr. Günter Hagspiel joined Head Sport GmbH in May 1996. After working in Controlling for two years in Austria, he went on an international assignment to the U.S. to become the Controller of Head USA, Inc. In 2001, Mr. Hagspiel was promoted to CFO and COO of the U.S. company. Since August 2005, he has served as Vice President Finance & Controlling in Austria and was appointed Managing Director of Head Sport GmbH. Prior to joining HEAD, Mr. Hagspiel was working as a Management Consultant at the Management Zentrum St. Gallen (MZSG) and as Manager at IBM in Vienna. Since May 29, 2009 he is a member of the Executive Management Team and the Chief Financial Officer of the HEAD GROUP.
Skiing and Tennis
Mr. Klaus Hotter has served as Vice President of HEAD Sport since 1986 and managed our Winter Sports Division. Since November 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of HEAD Sport and assumed full responsibility for the Winter Sports Division and from January 2009 on Klaus Hotter was appointed Managing Director of HTM Sport responsible for ski bindings and ski boots. He managed European distribution at Blizzard from 1981 to 1986.
Skiing, Tennis and Golf
Ottmar Barbian took over responsibilities as International Sales & Marketing Director of the HEAD Racquetsports Division in 2008. In 2012, he was appointed Executive Vice President, assuming full responsibility of the Racquet Sport Division and joining the Executive Management Team of the HEAD GROUP.
Tennis and Skiing
Mr. Gerald Skrobanek joined HEAD in September 2000. After having managed HEAD's Information Technology and Worldwide Operations for 5 years, Gerald became Executive Vice President of the Diving Division in September 2005. Under his leadership HEAD Swimming, Scuba Schools International (SSI) and rEvo Rebreathers got added to HEAD’s water-sports portfolio. In December 2017 Gerald got appointed as HEAD’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing all of HEAD’s manufacturing, supply-chain and distribution functions. Prior to joining HEAD, Gerald served as Chief Information Officer for international companies.
Diving, tennis and skiing
Mr. Kevin Kempin has served as CEO & President of HEAD USA since 2009. During that time the U.S. received the prestigious “Country of the Year” from the HEAD global marketing group. Kempin has held a variety of high level general management positions, as well as sales and marketing positions with the HEAD group since he joined them in 1993. He has also served on the Tennis Industry Association board in the U.S. and currently serves on the Management Board of the HEAD GROUP.
Mr. Kevin Kempin is an avid and passionate sportsmen actively involved in tennis, squash, skiing and snowboarding.
Mr. Roman Stepek joined HEAD Sport GmbH in July, 2016. Mr. Stepek spent 11 years working in Switzerland as a Senior Executive Vice President as well as a Chief Executive Officer for two successful companies producing worldwide ski apparel. Prior to that, Mr. Stepek worked in Southeast Asia, running large production factories for high-end textile apparel for international clients. Mr. Stepek also has experience working with a large North American company in the sporting goods industry.
Skiing, tennis, biking, travelling, spending time with family
Mr. Giuseppe Faranna joined HEAD in January 2016 as Vice President, Division Manager of Licensing. Prior to joining HEAD, Mr. Faranna most recently served as Director of Licensing at IMG Worldwide and built up the global license business of Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg. He previously worked in various executive positions in Germany and abroad for Companies such as Daimler, BMW, Philips and Crocs within the Licensing/Brand and Communications area. Mr. Faranna achieved in 2000 a Dipl. Betriebswirt (FH) degree at the University of applied studies in Pforzheim, Germany and completed one exchange semester at the Università degli studi di Ancona, Italy.
Tennis and Skiing