Executive Board – Biographies
Born in 1963
CEO since 1 January 2013
Member since 1 January 2012
Appointed up to 31 December 2026
Employee of Rheinmetall since 1990
Armin Papperger (born 1963) is as of 1 January 2013 Rheinmetall AG's Chairman. At the same time, as Chairman of the Management Board Defence, he is responsible for this sector. After graduating in Engineering, Papperger began his career in 1990 in quality management in the Rheinmetall Defence Group. From 2001 on, he was managing director of various Defence subsidiaries. In July 2007, Papperger was also appointed head of the Weapon and Munitions division. In early 2010, he took on responsibility for both the Vehicle Systems and the Weapon and Munitions division on the Management Board Defence.
Helmut P. Merch
Born in 1956
Member since 1 January 2013
Appointed up to 31 December 2022
Employee of Rheinmetall since 1982
Helmut P. Merch is CFO of Rheinmetall AG.
Helmut P. Merch (born 1956), having worked for Rheinmetall since 1982, is as of 1 January 2013 a Member of Rheinmetall's Executive Board. Merch, who holds a business degree, is responsible for Corporate Finance and Controlling. From the start, he took on various management tasks at subsidiaries, including as a Head of Division and Executive Board member of the former mechanical engineering subsidiary Jagenberg AG and as Vice-Chairman of the former electronics subsidiary Aditron AG. Since 2001, he has been Chief Financial Officer of the Defence sector.
Peter Sebastian Krause
Born in 1960
Member since 1 January 2017
Appointed up to 31 December 2024
Employee of Rheinmetall since 1997
Peter Sebastian Krause is Member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG.
Peter Sebastian Krause (born 1960) has been the member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG responsible for Human Resources and the company's Labor Director since 1 January 2017.
Following his 2nd State Examination, he began his career in 1989 at a European employers' association in Brussels. Before moving to the Rheinmetall Group subsidiary Pierburg GmbH in 1997, Peter Sebastian Krause worked for the employers' association Unternehmerschaft Niederrhein/Krefeld from 1992, advising and representing members in matters of employment, collective wage and social law. At Pierburg, Peter Sebastian Krause spent the next decade holding various management and executive positions in the fields of law, organization, production, social affairs and human resources.
In July 2007, he was appointed as a member of the Executive Board of the former Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG (now: Rheinmetall Automotive AG) with responsibility for Human Resources, a role he still performs jointly today. Following many successful years in the Automotive sector, Peter Sebastian Krause was appointed as a Senior Executive Officer of Rheinmetall AG in January 2014. As well as managing the central HR department, his responsibilities included the group of top-level executive managers at the Rheinmetall Group. Succession arrangements in the Defence sector also resulted in his appointment to the Management Board Defence in January 2014.