Ralf Kannefass named new Head of Programs at Cassidian

Munich02 May 2013

  • Cassidian’s important Programs organisation under new direction
  • Executive Committee now complete following the restructure
Ralf Kannefass (c) Cassidian
Ralf Kannefass (c) Cassidian

Cassidian’s new Head of Programs has been named as Ralf Kannefass (45). As part of his function, Kannefass will also be a member of Cassidian’s Executive Committee. The appointment will come into effect as of 1 June.

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian, stated: “I’m pleased to welcome Ralf Kannefass to Cassidian. He possesses international expertise in large programmes management, in complex branches such as energy and transportation. I’m convinced that Cassidian will benefit from Ralf Kannefass’ extensive know-how.” Previous to his appointment at Cassidian, Kannefass served as the Head of the Turbo Equipment business segment within the Oil and Gas Division of Siemens Energy.

Kannefass holds a degree in Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering. He started his career at the Siemens Transportation Group in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Strategic Marketing department. Later on he moved to programme, sales and general management assignments within the energy sector of Siemens, including international positions in the U.S. In the course of this career Kannefass has become an experienced manager in turn-key projects in international environments.

The Programs organisation within Cassidian ensures the profitability of all the company’s projects world-wide and their delivery in accordance with time, cost and quality requirements. It comprises the Business Lines Combat Air Systems, Air Services, Mission Systems, Sensors and Electronic Warfare, Integrated Systems and Test & Services.


Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned aerial systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications.

In 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion.

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Florian Taitsch
Head of Business Press
Airbus Defence and Space
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