Karl Hammer, Chief Executive Officer
Karl Hammer was born in 1966 in Parsberg, Bavaria (Germany). He graduated in engineering from the University of Applied Sciences of Regensburg in 1993. Karl Hammer held several positions at Harman/Becker Automotive where he subsequently assumed responsibility for the Farmington office in Michigan. In 2005, he joined Alpine in Farmington as Head of OEM Sales and Program Management. Before his appointment as the CEO of Hilite International, Karl Hammer had worked since 2008 for Hydraulik-Ring, most recently as the General Manager responsible for distribution, procurement and research & development.
Stefan Eck, Chief Financial Officer
Stefan Eck, born 1969 in Bürgstadt, Bavaria (Germany), trained as a banker and subsequently studied economics at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Regensburg. He graduated in economics in 1997 and passed the examination for US auditors in Delaware, USA, in 1998. Stefan Eck began his professional career as an auditor at BDO Deutsche Warentreuhand in Munich and BDO Seidmann LLP in Chicago. With only a short interruption, he held managerial positions at Honsel Group and several Honsel subsidiaries between 2003 and 2010, most recently as the CEO and CFO of the Honsel Group.