Management of Pfleiderer

Dr. Boris Gorella 

CEO / Chairman of the Executive Board

Dr Boris Gorella (born 1965) is a graduate of the Technical University of Berlin, where he earned a doctorate in chemistry. He subsequently obtained an MBA degree at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Dr Boris Gorella began his professional career in 1991 at REHAU AG in Germany and the USA and subsequently worked as a consultant at Kearney and then as an associate principal at McKinsey. From 2002, he was President of the Construction Chemicals Asia Division at Evonik in Singapore. Following BASF's acquisition of Construction Chemicals, Dr Gorella was Group Vice President of the Construction Materials Asia and Pacific Business Unit, based in Shanghai, China, before joining KKR as Operating Director Capstone in London in mid-2008. In 2011, Dr Gorella became CEO of the private Beckers Group, a leading supplier of industrial coatings, which he led to global leadership in its core segments over the next ten years.

Since 1 February 2021, Dr Gorella has been CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Pfleiderer Group B.V. & Co. KG.

Dr. Mani Herold


Dr. Mani Herold (born 1971) studied business administration at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, where he obtained a doctorate in economics.

Dr Herold began his career in 1995 at Price Waterhouse in Frankfurt. From 1997 to 2012, he worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London and Frankfurt, advising numerous companies in Europe on mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and capital market transactions. At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he was most recently responsible for the corporate finance business in German-speaking countries. In 2012, Dr Herold moved to E.ON, where he was CFO of the E.ON Connecting Energies business unit until 2015. From 2016 to 2020, he took on the role of Group CFO at Cerdia International, a global manufacturer of chemical products and portfolio company of a leading private equity fund.

Since 1 January 2021, Dr Herold has been CFO of Pfleiderer Group B.V. & Co. KG.

Dr. Frank Herrmann


Dr. Frank Herrmann graduated Industrial engineering at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He obtained Dr. engineer title at the Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld. Dr. Frank Herrmann in 2017 was holding position of Chief Operating Officer in URSA Insulation S.A. one of the major insulation providers in Europe. In a period 2008-2016 Dr. Frank Herrmann was holding high managerial positions in Braas Monier Building Group. Previously, Dr. Frank Herrmann worked in Bain & Company Inc, Gemini Consulting GmbH and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Since 1 May 2019, Dr Frank Herrmann has been COO of Pfleiderer Group B.V. & Co. KG.

Stefan Zinn


Mr. Stefan Zinn graduated business administration at the Bavarian Julius-Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany.

Since 2013 Mr. Stefan Zinn has been working for Pfleiderer Group in sales managerial positions. From 2017 Mr. Zinn was responsible for export sales in Core West of Pfleiderer Group and from 2018 for overall sales in Core West. Since January 2019 Mr. Zinn has been holding the position of Chief Commercial Officer responsible in particular for sales in Core West, export sales and marketing.

In a period 1994-2012 Mr. Stefan Zinn was working on various managerial positions (among others as Director of Sales, Marketing and Strategy and Chief Financial Officer) in Neschen AG, Bückeburg leading producer of digital print media and self-adhesive products. In a period 1991-1994 Mr. Stefan Zinn was working in family-owned consulting firm Rolf Zinn & Partner Unternehmensberatung GmbH.

Since 1 May 2019, Stefan Zinn has been CCO of Pfleiderer Group B.V. & Co. KG.