Mr. Kessler was the former Chief Executive Officer of SR Technics AG ($1.8B Revenue; 5900 employees) from January 2008 through January 2010. SR Technics is a privately-held aircraft, component and engine service provider with facilities located in Switzerland, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Spain, Malta and China.
From September 2004 through October 2007, Mr. Kessler was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Maintenance division, MTU Aero Engines AG, in Munich, Germany, an aero engine design, development, manufacturing and service company, where he was instrumental in preparing the company for a successful initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Mr. Kessler served as part of four-headed company executive leadership team; and was responsible for global engine maintenance and services ($ 1.6B sales of the company’s $4B sales; and 1800 of 7,500 employees), with facilities in Germany, China, U.S., Canada, and Malaysia.
Prior to September 2004, Mr. Kessler held management and executive positions for 20 years at Honeywell International and its preceding company AlliedSignal Corp. Among other roles he led Honeywell's Aerospace aftermarket services business with 27 facilities around the world. Mr. Kessler is a member of the Polaris board, where he serves on the Audit Committee and Technology Committee. Mr. Kessler is based in Munich, and has extensive experience in international management and mergers and acquisitions. Through his employment at Honeywell International, Mr. Kessler obtained skills in talent and organization development, engineering and operations management and the ability to build strong and lasting customer relationships.
He is recognized as an industry leader in the global aerospace and defense markets, and for his experience in operations, service and global business.