In the thick of it
His good relationship with his employees is sacred to him. And that’s not just talk, even though there are 4,400 employees and as CEO Ingo Steinkrüger often has a packed diary and needs to travel a lot. But he makes time for his employees and listens to them, sometimes with no fixed agenda. He regularly meets up with the people directly under him and visits the production line to talk to workers there, not least in order to make his vision for the future transparent. He learned the importance of communications and teamwork for success back when he was studying industrial engineering. Only as a team were he and the other students able to work quickly and efficiently, and of course they still had a lot of fun.
Ingo Steinkrüger joined thyssenkrupp in 2000, initially as a project administrator. 18 years later he is now CEO of thyssenkrupp System Engineering, with responsibility for Strategy, Global Product Management, Sales and Service. However, when he first came to thyssenkrupp he had no intention of becoming CEO. But his potential, his dedication, and his down-to-earth nature were soon recognized, so that the next steps in his career were virtually inevitable. Involving people in the Group’s way forward and delegating responsibility are key aspects of leadership for Ingo Steinkrüger, particularly at thyssenkrupp’s new site in Mühlacker, where underbody assemblies for cars will be produced in the future. “thyssenkrupp was already an important partner to the automobile industry over a hundred years ago. Today with our expertise and long years of experience we offer a good platform for shaping the trends of the future,” says Steinkrüger. To recharge for his demanding work, he likes spending time at home with his family, having breakfast together in the morning, or taking exercise. He goes running regularly to keep fit, enjoys listening to music, riding his motorbike, and reading. One of his favorite books is “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, because it reminds him that even small decisions can have big effects.