Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler, as co-owner of the Schaeffler Group, is continuing the lifelong work of her husband Dr. Ing. E. h. Georg Schaeffler, who died in 1996. She was born in Prague and grew up in Vienna, where she finished high school and attended medical school at Vienna University. Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler is Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG.

 

Schaeffler, one of the largest European industrial companies in family ownership, is based in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The company was established by brothers Georg and Wilhelm Schaeffler, who settled and started the company in Herzogenaurach after the exodus from Silesia.

Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler and the dedicated management team has successfully continued to develop the group of companies. The acquisition of all shares of the clutch manufacturer LuK in 1999 and the acquisition of FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer AG Schweinfurt in 2001 are among the significant and groundbreaking steps the company has taken during the past few years. With the INA and FAG product brands, Schaeffler is the world’s second largest manufacturer of rolling bearings and has the widest range of products among all suppliers.

In 2009, Schaeffler acquired a significant proportion of the shares of Continental AG, and Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG since 2009. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Österreichische Industrieholding AG and Nürnberger Lebensversicherungs AG.

Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler’s special bond with the company is not only expressed by her participation in all important conferences and events. She takes a particular personal interest in employee development and compliance with high social, environmental and quality standards. The close connections between the partners, management and employees have proved highly effective over a long period.

 
Offices and functions

Along with her dedication to the company in boards and committees, Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler is receptive towards social concerns, which she supports in many different ways.

 
Chambers, associations, companies and economic institutes
Since 2009 Member of the Advisory Board of Deutsche Deloitte
 
Since 2008 Member of the Presiding Board of the Federation of German Industry (BDI)
Member of the Advisory Board of Chinaforum Bayern e.V. (Chinese-Bavarian Forum)
Member of the Advisory Board of NUMOV (German Near and Middle East Association)
 
Since 2007 Vice President (member of the board since 2003) of the German Chamber of Commerce in Austria
 
Since 2005 Member of the Economic Advisory Board of Bayern LB
Member of the European Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG
 
2001 - 2010 Vice President of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Mid-Franconian region
 
1996 - 2006 Member of the Bavarian Advisory Board of Dresdner Bank AG, Chairwoman from 2000 - 2006
Social work & culture
Since 2012 Member of the Board of the International Salzburg Association (ISA)
 
Since 2010 Member of the Board of the International Mozarteum Foundation
 
Since 2009 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Nuremberg State Theater Foundation
 
Since 2008 Member of the Board of the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industry
Member of the Economic Advisory Board of the Goethe Institut
 
Since 2006 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Orchestra Projects of the Bamberg Symphoniker - Bavarian State Philharmonic Orchestra
 
Since 2003 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Münchner Opernfestspiele e.V. (Society for the Promotion of the Munich Opera Festival)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum
 
Since 2002 Member of the Board of Trustees of Konzertgesellschaft München e.V. (Munich Concert Society)
 
Since 1996 Deputy Chairwoman of Freunde der Staatsoper Nürnberg e.V. (Friends of the Nuremberg State Opera)
 
Since 1977 Reappointment as Member of the Board of the Erlangen-Höchstadt District Association of the Baverian Red Cross
Universities and foundations
Since 2007 Member of the Economic Advisory Board of the Chair for Industrial Management of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
 
2004-2007 Member of the University Council of the Leibniz University in Hanover
 
Since 2002 Member of the University Council of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Chairwoman of the Foundation Council of the Schaeffler FAG Foundation
(FAG Kugelfischer Foundation until November 2011)
Jury membership
Since 2010 Member of the Board of Trustees of "Family-owned Company of the Year"
(INTES Stiftung für Familienunternehmen - INTES Foundation for Family-owned Companies )
Member of the Jury of the Leibniz-Ring-Hannover (Award made by the Press Club Hanover)
 
Since 2009 Member of the Jury of the Handelsblatt Hall of Fame for German family entrepreneurs
Honors and awards

Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler has received many honors and awards for her exceptional entrepreneurial success and outstanding achievements:

 
2013 "Family Entrepreneur of the Year award, 2012", selected by a jury of representatives of German industry and the Handelsblatt
 
2012 "Gold medal of the District" for the Erlangen-Höchstadt district
 
2011 "Großen Tiroler Adler" medal
"Personality of the Year" award presented by the ÖkoGlobe-Institut of Duisburg-Essen University
 
2007 Large Silver Medal with Star for Services to the Republic of Austria
1st Class Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Karmarsch Medal
 
2006 Honorary citizen of the town of Herzogenaurach
Entry in the "Golden Book" of the Erlangen-Höchstadt district
 
2005 Honorary Member of the Senate of the Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania
Honorary citizen of the town of Jeonju, Jeollabuk-Do province, Korea
Entry in the "Golden Book" of the town of Lahr
 
2004 "Family Entrepreneur of the Year" award " presented by the economics magazine "impulse" and the "INTES Akademie für Familienunternehmen" (INTES Academy for Family-Owned Companies)
 
2003 Bavarian Order of Merit
 
2002 Honorary citizen of the town of Höchstadt/Aisch
 
2001 Cross of Merit with Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Medal of Honor by the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce for the Mid-Franconian region