Michael Kranz

Michael Kranz

CIO of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe ,


10,58bn USD




Dr.-Ing. Michael Kranz (55) startet his professional career 1996 at the automotive supplier LuK GmbH & Co. in Bühl as IT Project Lead. 1998 he took over the IT Management of LuK with worldwide responsibility at the end.

2004 he moved to Krones AG, a leading worldwide manufacturer of packaging and filling machines, as Senior Vice President Information Management. The most important program in his time at Krones has been kicked-off in 2007 with the goal to industrialize the IT to reach higher process maturity and service orientation. This program was finished successfully early 2011 with the first ISO 20000 certificate of an internal IT organization in the mechanical engineering sector.

Since October 2011 Dr. Michael Kranz leads as CIO the functional area Information Technology Management of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG und is member of the CIO Council of thyssenkrupp AG. He also leads the digitalization initiative of Steel Europe as part of the strategy program “one steel”. With the successful implementation of an integrated and harmonized SAP system, combined with process and organizational change, the most important of five major pillars of the IT strategy has now been materialized.


thyssenkrupp Steel Europe is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-grade flat steel. With around 27,000 employees, we supply high-quality steel products for innovative and demanding applications in a wide range of industries. Customer-specific material solutions and services associated with the material steel round off our range of services.

Together with our customers we continue to develop the long and successful story of our company, thereby shaping global markets, our region and a large number of powerful industries, including the automotive industry, machinery and plant engineering, the packaging industry and the energy sector.

thyssenkrupp Steel Europe fulfills the increasing demands for ever more efficient lightweight construction and safety standards, researches and develops new high-tech steels and sets standards for surface and processing technologies. Our intensive research and development work secures the basis for our sustained success.

  • October 2011-present: CIO of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
  • November 2004-September 2011: Head of Information Management at Krones AG
  • 1996-2004: IT Project lead, since 1998 Head of IT at LuK GmbH & Co.
  • 1989-1995: Research Assistant at University of Karlsruhe
  • 1989 Diploma in Information, Technical University of Karlsruhe
  • 1995 Doctor in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Munich
  • Top10 CIO des Jahres 2010