After more than 8 years, Jan Willem Ruinemans has decided to leave ZF in March 2019. Mr. Ruinemans leaves the company at his own request in mutual agreement, and wishes to seek new challenges outside the company.


Mitja Schulz succeeds Jan Willem Ruinemans as Head of the ZF Wind Power Technology Business Unit.

Mr. Jan Willem Ruinemans, current CEO at ZF Wind Power Technology, leaves ZF in March 2019.  Mr. Mitja Schulz nominated as new Head.

Mitja Schulz (left) succeeds Jan Willem Ruinemans (right) as Head of the ZF Wind Power Technology Business Unit.

Jan Willem Ruinemans joined the company in 2010 and became CEO of ZF Wind Power Technology in January 2013. During this time, he led the acquisition and integration of Hansen Transmissions and Bosch Wind Gearboxes into ZF Wind Power Technology, one of the global leaders in gearbox solutions for the wind energy industry.

Mr. Rehm, Board Member of ZF: "Jan Willem Ruinemans was instrumental in growing successfully ZF's wind gearbox business. Under his leadership, the company has built a solid position worldwide, with a strong customer base and a unique product portfolio. The ZF Board would like to thank Jan Willem for his vision and efforts during his time at ZF and we wish him all the best in his future challenges."

Mitja Schulz is nominated as new Head at ZF Wind Power Technology. He will assume his new position as of 1 March 2019, allowing a smooth transition together with Jan Willem Ruinemans.

Mitja Schulz joined ZF in 2009. During his years at ZF, he has taken up roles in continuously increasing responsibility in Purchasing and Supplier Management, and is currently Head of Business Unit Commercial Vehicle Steering Systems located in Lafayette, IN (USA). In this function, he successfully managed the integration of the former TRW business into the ZF group. Prior to joining ZF, Mitja Schulz worked in multiple roles at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart and Porsche AG in their R&D centre in Weissach, Germany.