Our governance

EFQM is a not for profit, membership Foundation. It is run by the members, for the members. In addition to the EFQM Management Team based in Brussels, a Board of Directors oversees EFQM’s operations. It is supported by a Strategy Committee, a Finance and Audit Committee and a Nomination and HR Committee.

Board of Directors

The EFQM Board of Directors meets twice a year. Its role is to ensure that EFQM’s strategy and its implementation are aligned with the mission of the Foundation, taking into account the views and expectations of all stakeholder groups. It also strives to maximise the added-value for members and to secure EFQM’s sustainable financial independence. The Board of Directors consists of the CEOs or senior executives of EFQM members. Directors are elected for a two-year period. They elects one of them to Chair the Board.

The Chairman and Members of the Board are :

Andreas Wendt, BMW Group, Germany

Senior Vice President of BMW Group Plant Regensburg
Chairman of EFQM

Andreas Wendt has a PhD in mechanical engineering. Finishing his studies at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1992, he has been working for 24 years within the car industry, including the companies of Robert Bosch und BMW Group. In several leadership positions he successfully implemented Kaizen and EFQM. Due to his work the organizations, he was responsible for, have been awarded twice. Both with the German “Ludwig Erhard Preis” and the European Excellence Award. Since 2013 he has been chairman of the EFQM (pro bono).

Hans Hoffmann, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Executive Vice President Controlling and Administration - Gasoline Systems Division

Born 1962 in Bogen, Germany, Hans studied Business Economics at the University Regensburg and did his PHD on the topic “Management Information and Planning Systems” at the chair of Business Informatics at the University of Tübingen. He started as Bosch Trainee in 1993. From 1994 until 2007, he was Senior Director Controlling of Automotive Electronics in Reutlingen, Vice President Finance and Controlling of Car Multimedia in Hildesheim, Managing Director in Budweis/Tchech Republic, Senior Vice President Corporate Controlling in Stuttgart, and from 2007-2014, Commercial Senior Vice President of Gasoline System plant Bamberg. On 1st October 2014, Hans became Executive Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for controlling, personal, purchasing, logistics, IT and plants worldwide for the Gasoline Systems Division.

Hans Kostwein, Kostwein Group, Austria

Managing Director

After having completed the studies of industrial engineering and management at the Technichal University of Graz, Hans started his career in the family business Kostwein Maschinenbau KG. Today, he is managing director of the Kostwein Group which incorporates 4 sites in Carinthia (Austria), one site in Croatia (founded in 2001) and one site in India (founded in 2010). In 2014, he was nominated to become a member of the EFQM-Board where he represents the small and medium enterprises of the machine industry.

Paul G. K. Little, City of Glasgow College, United Kingdom

Principal and Chief Executive

Paul is at the helm of Scotland’s leading college and is responsible for developing a new £228M world class twin campus in the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter and along the River Clyde. Paul has successfully led and transformed five UK colleges and has earned a national reputation as one of the education sector’s leading reformers. He has studied with leading European business schools and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. As a qualified yacht skipper, Paul served as a HM Coastguard Officer for 30 years and completed tours of duty with the US Coastguard.

​Philippe Sasseigne, EDF, France

Managing Director Nuclear Generation

Since March 2013, Philippe SASSEIGNE has been Executive Vice President in EDF Nuclear Generation. He is the EFQM champion for the Nuclear Generation. From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Senior Vice-President in EDF Nuclear Generation From 2009 to 2010, he was delegate for nuclear operations and responsible for ten nuclear power plants. From 2006 to 2009, he was Site Vice President of BLAYAIS NPP, which is a four PWR units plant in the south west of FRANCE. He has launched the EFQM journey during his mandate. BLAYAIS was Recognised for Excellence 5 stars in 2010. From 2002 to 2006, he was Site Vice President of GOLFECH NPP, which is a two PWR units plant in the south west of FRANCE. At that time, he has initiated the first EFQM journey in Nuclear Generation. GOLFECH was Recognised for Excellence 5 stars in 2006. Before that, he served in various supervising positions in maintenance, financial and operations in EDF sites or EDF corporate level. He joined EDF in 1982 as a safety engineer. He received his master’s degree in engineering in 1980 from NANTES Engineering School. 

​​Nerea Torres, Siemens PPAL, Spain

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Law with Masters in International Law (Lund Universitet, Sweden), Management Excellence (CEU), MBA (UAH), PADDB (Top Management Program in Digital Business –conducted by The Valley Digital Business School) and certified in Corporate Governance (IC-A). Over 17-year experience at Siemens, in addition to other positions as Executive Vicepresident of Club Excelencia en Gestión (CEG) and Advisory Board member of the Corporate Responsibility Professorship at Alcalá University, she has also been in charge of top responsibility positions in the company as Head of Marketing, Chairman’s Cabinet, Total Quality, Excellence and Corporate Responsibility Departments. In 2007 she moved towards the business management as Managing Director of ITS (Intelligent Traffic Solutions), IL (Infrastructure Logistics), and LAS (Logistics and Airport Solutions). She is currently CEO in SIEMENS PPAL, Spain (Infrastructure Logistics for Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics) and President of EJE&CON (Spanish Association for Executive and Board of Directors).

Strategy Committee

The Strategy Committee meets 2 to 4 times a year. It assists the Board on strategic orientations and in the planning and deployment of the corresponding initiatives. It also supports EFQM’s management in bridging the gap between strategy and implementation.

The Strategy Committee Members are :

  • Paul G.K. Little, City of Glasgow College, Committee Chairman
  • Ferrie Aalders, Royal Philips
  • Léon Tossaint, EFQM
  • Dieter Butz, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Alessandro Carano, DG Economic and Financial Affairs - European Commission
  • Ebbe Ernst, Grundfos
  • Mia Goetvinck, Ricoh Europe
  • Juan Liquete, Club Excelencia en Gestion
  • Patrick Margaria, EDF
  • Geert Opdenbosch, EFQM
  • Johann Simmel, BMW

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee meets at least twice a year and assists the Board of Directors on all financial matters. This includes budgeting and review of financial statements which are audited annually by KMPG.

The Finance and Audit Committee Members are :

  • Léon Tossaint, EFQM
  • Paul G. K. Little, City of Glasgow College
  • Geert Opdenbosch, EFQM

Nomination and Human Resources Committee

The Nomination and Human Resources Committee assist the Board of Directors for the nomination and remuneration of EFQM’s CEO. It meets on an as needed basis. It also assists the CEO on key HR issues if requested.

The Nomination and Human Resources Committee Members are:

  • Andreas Wendt, BMW, Committee Chairman
  • Hans Kostwein, Kostwein Group

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