LEAG’s management

We are facing major challenges. However, we are well prepared to tackle these. Get to know LEAG´s managment team. 

Thorsten Kramer

Born in 1962

Thorsten Kramer has been CEO of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG as of 1st January 2022 and also takes the lead in the development of new business areas in the field of expansion of renewable energies. Previously, he advised global companies operating in the industrial and energy plant construction sectors – both are listed on the stock exchange and in the in the private equityindustry – such as Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies based in Oberhausen and Bard Offshore GmbH based in Bremen. Before becoming self-employed, he was Chairman of the Management Board, CEO and member of the Supervisory Board of GES S.A., Spain, until 2017. Mr Kramer has long-term international management experience in the fields of renewable energy, service and plant engineering. Previous positions include the wind turbine manufacturer Nordex and lift manufacturer SCHINDLER from Switzerland. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Ruhr University in Bochum.

LEAG Finanzvorstand Dr. Markus Binder

Dr. Markus Binder

Born 1967

Dr Markus Binder has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Management Board of Lausitz Energie Berbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG since 1st March 2017. Prior to this he was a member of the Management Board of Grosskraftwerk Mannheim AG, responsible for the commercial field. From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of various departments of EnBW Ostwürttemberg DonauRies AG. In 2001 he moved to EnBW Kraftwerke AG where Dr Markus Binder was Head of Project Controlling, before he took over the overall commercial responsibility. In 1997 he started his professional career working for A.T. Kearney Management Consultants GmbH in Stuttgart and headed several energy related projects and was member of the European Expertise Centre for Energy Industry amongst others. Dr Markus Binder studied and obtained his doctorate in technically-orientated business administration at the University of Stuttgart.



Dr.-Ing. Philipp Nellessen

Born 1977

Dr.-Ing. Philipp Nellessen is responsible for the Production department including his new business areas and subsidiaries such as GMB, MCR Engineering, Sero Lausitz and TSS Logistik. Previously, he was responsible for the mining department at LEAG. He joined from Thyssenkrupp in September 2021. There, as CEO, he was most recently responsible for plant engineering, including the group's mining, power plant and chemical facilities in Africa. From 2013 to 2014, Nellessen was Division Manager Business Optimisation Mining at Nystar AG in Zurich. As a project leader and manager at the Boston Consulting Group, he supported numerous improvement and transformation processes in various industries from 2005 to 2013. Nellessen studied civil engineering at the Ruhr University in Bochum, graduating in 2002. He worked there as a research assistant at the Chair of Construction Process Engineering, Tunnelling and Construction Operations until his doctorate and graduation as Dr.-Ing. in 2005.

LEAG Personalvorstand Jörg Waniek

Jörg Waniek

Born 1968

Jörg Waniek is member of the joint Management Board of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG and responsible for the Human Resources division as of 1 August 2019. Prior to this he was Head of Human Resources Management of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG and Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG and also the predecessor companies Vattenfall Europe Mining AG und Vattenfall Europe Generation AG for ten years. Until his move to Vattenfall in November 2009 he was responsible for Human Resources Services and Strategic Human Resources Management of envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM), Chemnitz. From 1998 to 2002 he worked as a lawyer and in corporate development for MEAG - Mitteldeutsche Energieversorgung AG, Halle (Salle). He completed his degree in law at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen and the Universität of Bayreuth with the State Examination of 1st and 2nd degree.