Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken was born in Essen, Germany and completed his degree in 1984. He attained his PhD in Engineering in 1989. Before joining TÜV SÜD, he held various management positions at ABB, a leading power and automation company, between 1991 and 2002 in Germany and Indonesia. He joined TÜV SÜD AG as Member of the Board of Management responsible for the INDUSTRY and PEOPLE Strategic Business Segments and the ASIA-PACIFIC Region. In June 2007, Stepken was appointed to his present position as the Chairman of the Board of Management. In 2015, he was appointed as a Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Engineers (VDI); as well as honorary professor at TUM (Technische Universitaet Muenchen). In June 2016, Stepken took over the Chair in the Executive Board of the Association of Technical Inspection Agencies (VdTÜV).