Bernd Elsner joined Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH in 1982, commencing his career in the department for business economics and controlling. In 1986, he became Managing Director of Haniel EnviroService. In 1992, he was appointed CEO of the group and has overseen the Group’s international and strategic expansion. This included the acquisition of many companies that were to become known as the BELFOR Group in 1999. Bernd led the first acquisitions of the group into the USA in 1999 and in 2006, together with Sheldon Yellen, the MBO of BELFOR from Haniel. Thereafter, Bernd was responsible for the European and Asian businesses.
Bernd sits as the Chairman of BELFOR Holdings Inc., supporting colleagues across the world regularly. In addition, the Asian operation reports to him.
Elsner has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Services in Bremen.