Separate Divisions have been established to focus on specific product areas . These Divisions initiate separate action programmes, according to their own particular requirements and priorities. It is anticipated that additional Divisions will be formed in due course, reflecting the growing membership and business interests of the Association.

Working Groups

In parallel, Working Groups have been established to implement action programmes which are of common interest to more than one Division across the membership.

Task Forces

Task Forces are formed within individual Divisions to carry out specific tasks or manage projects. Often these Task Forces operate in cooperation with other interested bodies such as Research Centres or sister Trade Organisations.

Executive Committee

This is the management board of the ESA, carrying out executive functions on behalf of the membership. The Executive Committee is composed of Company presidents, directors and senior managers, elected from across the membership. The composition of the Executive Committee reflects deliberately both the breadth of European culture and also the width of sealing technology of the membership. Each Executive Committee Member stands normally for a 3 year term of office. The current Executive is listed below.

Where Committee positions are due for re-election, suitably qualified members are invited to apply, using the form on the “Recruitment of ESA Positions” page in the Members Area of the Knowledgebase. Please note that you must be logged-in as an ESA member to access the page and apply. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

PositionNameElectedRe-election dateApply
ChairmanJohn Morton20242025
Vice-ChairSimone Wilson20242025
TreasurerWolfgang Bommes20212024Apply for this position »
Environmental & Social Governance DirectorSandy Van Den Broeck20242027
Executive TeamFrank Weber20242027
Executive TeamMike Eason20232026
Executive TeamChiara Sozzi20192025
Executive TeamRainer Zeuss20242027

Hall of fame

Previous Members of the Executive Committee include:

NameYears ServedAffiliation
Michael Werner1997 – 2016Teadit
Dr Brian Ellis1992 – 2014ESA
David Mitchell2005 – 2013 Flexitallic Ltd.
Harald Poppke2010 – 2012 Garlock GmbH, Sealing Technologies
Stuart Phythian2009 – 2010Garlock (Great Britain) Ltd.
Robert Michels2007 – 2010SGL Technologies GmbH
Ettore Betto2005 – 2009John Crane Italia
Božidar Likar2004 – 2008Donit Tesnit d.d.
Professor Elmar F Baur1996 – 2007Burgmann Industries GmbH & Co. KG
Francisco J Montero1992 – 2006Fibras y Elastomeros S.A.
Ray Dorey2004 – 2006John Crane EAA
Dr Jürgen Koch2002 – 2004Klinger Holding Deutschland GmbH
Colin Millington1997 – 2004Beldam Crossley Ltd.
Cyril X Latty1992 – 2004Latty International s.a.
Dr Amrat Parmar1993 – 2003John Crane EAA
Dr Thomas Klinger-Lohr1999 – 2001Klinger Administration AG
Frits Mühlenbruch1996 – 1999Klinger Picoff B.V.
Brian D Halligan1994 – 1997James Walker & Co. Ltd.
Dr Edgar Schmid1992 – 1996Reinz Dichtungs GmbH
Lothar Jentzsch1992 – 1995ESA
Bob Henson1992 – 1994Beldam Crossley Ltd.