Strategic appointments at CSA Group
April 2, 2014 – Ash Sahi, president and CEO, CSA Group, today announced the appointment of Magali Depras to the new position of chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately. Depras will be based in Montreal and will be responsible for global business strategy, execution and profit and loss for CSA Group’s testing and certification businesses.
Ralf Schunk will take over as regional vice president, Europe on June 1, and will be based in Frankfurt, Germany. Ralf Schunk will take over Depras’ previous role as regional vice president, Europe, and will be responsible for the strategic growth of CSA Group’s European services and offerings.
“Magali has proven to be an invaluable asset since she joined CSA Group in 2011,” said Sahi. “Her leadership and business skills have been instrumental in our global growth strategy over the past three years, and I know she will continue to excel in her new role. In addition to numerous pivotal acquisitions throughout Europe, Magali has overseen the opening of our European headquarters in Frankfurt and the building of new state-of-the-art labs in Germany and UK. With Magali’s knowledge and expertise, CSA Group is well-positioned to continue our strategic growth plan and deliver efficient, highly-sophisticated testing and certification services to our customers around the world.”
Depras has helped CSA Group grow its offices in Germany and the U.K. and expand into Switzerland, Italy and Turkey. In addition to leading the European Division, Depras is also a member of the Board of Directors with CSA – China Inspection and Certification Organization (CCIC) Joint Venture (JV) where she provides strategic guidance to local operations.
Depras holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from IAE Paris Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in Foreign Languages applied to Business and Trade from the University of Lille as well as an International Executive degree and Finance for Executives degree from INSEAD business school, Fontainebleau/Singapore.
“I am really pleased that Ralf Schunk is joining CSA Group,” said Depras. “Ralf has a wealth of knowledge in testing and certification and has been very successful in spearheading growth in the European market. I look forward to working with Ralf to continue the successful global expansion of CSA Group.”
Ralf Schunk joins CSA Group from TÜV Rheinland where he was managing director and CEO of TÜV Rheinland Italia S.r.l. Prior to that he was regional head of Management Systems of TÜV Rheinland Asia overlooking 11 countries and 300 employees. Schunk has 20 years of experience in the testing and certification business and has been instrumental in turning around businesses and in expanding into new markets.
Schunk holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous locations and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.