Klaus Dieter Frers, Founder and CEO
A graduate in mechanical engineering, Klaus Dieter Frers began his career in various positions firstly at AEG-Telefunken in Frankfurt am Main and Seligenstadt and subsequently from 1983 to 1987 at Nixdorf Computer AG, where he was production director at the electronics plant in Paderborn. Klaus Dieter Frers founded paragon electronic GmbH in 1988 und paragon AG in 1999, into which paragon electronic GmbH was merged following its IPO. Klaus Dieter Frers has received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial activity, e.g. the “Oskar des Mittelstands” from the Oskar Patzelt Foundation in 2000, a nomination as “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Ernst & Young in 2006, the “Premier” award from the Oskar Patzelt Foundation in the same year and in 2010 the “Plastics Oscar” from SPE Central Europe. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Klaus Dieter Frers is responsible for business strategy and development, production, finance, and human resources.
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Schöllmann, Managing Director
After his studies in mechanical engineering, Dr.-Ing. Schöllmann gained substantial automotive experience at HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA and headed various departments such as electronics development of On-Board-Controller, battery sensors, voltage converters and stabilizers, controller for electric steering as well as heating- and tank controller. Dr.-Ing. Schöllmann has an outstanding professional automotive knowledge including E/E-architecture, automotive lighting, energy- and battery management, electronic controller, sensor and actuator systems, driver assistance systems and mechatronics. From 2013-2018, Dr.-Ing. Schöllmann was responsible Managing Director Sales for Original Automotive Equipment. Dr.-Ing. Schöllmann joined paragon on September 1st 2018 and is responsible for Automotive business.
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schwehr, Managing Director
Having studied electrical engineering, Dr.-Ing. Schwehr gained around 20 years of management experience in the advance and frontline development of electronics components at Daimler AG, where he was most recently responsible for the advance development of vehicle display and control systems. Prior to that, he headed various departments, instrumentation and mechatronics, and thus addressed many topics of prime significance for paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA as well. As further Managing Director, Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schwehr focuses primarily on new digital issues and voice and speech-enabled and cloud-based offerings.
Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein, Supervisory Board Chairman
Director of Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) at RWTH Aachen University. Previously 15 years of activity in premium business at two major German automakers.
Hermann Börnemeier, Deputy Supervisory Board Chairman
Tax Advisor and Managing Director of Treu-Union Treuhandgesellschaft mbH, Paderborn.
Attorney and Partner in the law firm Schäfers Rechtsanwälte und Notare, Paderborn.