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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Rudolf J. Menne Partner

Seniority:   31 years
Previous Positions:   CEO, GM, Chief Engineer, Manager...
Affiliations:   Ford Motor Company
Languages:   German, English



Mr. Menne is a well known expert in the Automotive Industry. He has spent more than 26 years with one of the leading OEMs. His overall responsibility included worldwide Research, Development and Manufacturing Activities. In parallel to his operational responsibility he was chief representative in various international and national committees as member of different managing boards. As a leader with a deep intercultural understanding he is able to build up strong international high-performance teams to establish new business and growth opportunities. He is also a lecturer (Prof.) in Process Engineering and Innovation Management at the University of Budapest, the Cologne University of Applied Science and the University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen).

During his time at the above mentioned OEM he was responsible for approximately 30,000 employees with a total turnover of ca. US$ 4.5 billion

Work Experience

Automotive, Mechanical Engineering, Consulting, Research and Teachings

Vice President, Chief Technical Ofiicer, Board Member, Managing Director, Professor

R & D, Manufacturing, Strategic Planning, Management Consultant (international), University Lecturer

Coaching & Councelling, Business Development, Innovations- and Program-Management, Performance Analysis and Concept Development for R & D, Manufacturing, Low Cost Sourcing


since 2009

MCS Automotive GmbH (Managing Director, Partner)

since 2009

RJM Consulting & Engineering (Owner)

since 2008

Prof. and lecturer at Cologne University of Applied Sciences

since 2003

Titularprofessor (Prof. E.h.) of Universität Budapest

since 2001

Dr.-Ing. h.c. of Technischen Universität Karlsruhe

since 1999

Prof. of University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen)

since 1992

Lectures at RWTH Aachen

1982 - 2009

Ford Motor Company

2006 - 2009

CEO at Ford Research Centre Aachen, Chief Technical Officer, Head of Company Reseach and Advanced Development worldwide

1997 - 2005

General Manager Manufacturing and Powertrain Development worldwide 

1993 - 1996

Chief Engineer for Development of all Inline-Engines

1991 - 1992

Manager Productivity Improvement

1989 - 1990

Manager Product Development Dearborn (USA)

1988 - 1989

Executive Engineer Large Engines Ford Europa

1982 - 1988

Manager Advanced Engineering

1980 - 1982

FEV Motorentechnik, Aachen: Executive for Gasoline Engines