Harald Berger

Harald Berger

CIO of Freudenberg Group,

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Industry: Suppliers to various industries

Turnover: > 12 bn €

Employees: > 52.000

The Freudenberg Group is a German family-owned diversified group of companies whose products include housewares and cleaning products, automobile parts, textiles, building materials, and telecommunications.

Previous participations
  • 2014 in Germany, 2018 in Israel, 2019 in USA, 2021 in Germany and 2023 in Portugal as CIO of Freudenberg Group


10bn €




Dr Harald Berger is an experienced Group Chief Information Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Information Technology and Consumer Products industry.

Berger is skilled in Strategic IT Management, Customer Relationship and Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Organisational Development and cross-functional Team Leadership. He enjoys the personal interaction with different organisations, people and cultures. In his private life Harald likes fitness, cycling and mountain climbing as well as good food, wine and whiskey.

Freudenberg Group is a global technology group that strengthens its customers and society long-term through forward-looking innovations. Together with our partners, customers and the world of science, we develop leading-edge technologies, and excellent products, solutions and services for more than 30 market segments and for thousands of applications: seals, vibration control components, nonwovens, filters, specialty chemicals, medical products, IT services and the most modern cleaning products. Innovation strength, strong customer orientation, diversity and team spirit are the cornerstones of Freudenberg. Commitment to excellence, reliability and proactive, responsible action belong to our company’s core values lived for more than 165 years.

  • February 2013 - present: CIO of Freudenberg Group, Germany
  • June 2009 - January 2013: Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Freudenberg Haushaltsprodukte SE & Co. KG
  • March 2002 - May 2009: Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Freudenberg Haushaltsprodukte KG
  • September 2000 - February 2002: Head Global Procurement Systems & Processes at Gillette, USA
  • March 1992 - August 2000: Manager SAP Support at Braun AG, Germany
  • October 1989 - February 1992: R&D Manager at Festo, Germany
  • 2015: INSEAD Strategic Leadership Programme
  • 1987-1989: Mathematics at University of Stuttgart, Dr. rer. Nat.
  • 1985-1986: Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • 1982-1986: Theoretical Mechanics at Technical University Darmstadt, Diplom-Engineer
  • CIOs des Jahres 2007 - Second Ten Großunternehmen