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Michael Cesarz Named MULTI CEO at thyssenkrupp Elevator


  • MULTI, the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator, to have its own leadership team
  • An architect and innovation expert, Cesarz brings extensive international experience to the newly created position


ESSEN, GERMANY (May 25, 2018) – Michael Cesarz has been appointed CEO for MULTI at thyssenkrupp Elevator. The newly created positon is the result of the executive board’s decision to consolidate its groundbreaking MULTI innovation into a separate unit in order to fully develop the potential of the award-winning technology.

The MULTI team is responsible for a new transportation system capable of truly transforming how buildings and cities are shaped. Free from ropes, this revolutionary design moves elevator cars both vertically and horizontally like in a continuous metro system, with multiple cars per shaft. The MULTI brings greater capacity and shorter waiting times to users; it sets no limits in building height or shape, allowing architects to completely rethink designs; and it saves a significant amount of space inside buildings, improving the business case for real estate developers and investors.

Cesarz has built a successful career that includes stints at numerous prestigious companies. The trained architect is considered a specialist in innovative developments and has garnered considerable attention for designing the Meydan Mall in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as follow-up concepts for spectacular buildings such as ‘The Edge’ in Amsterdam.

“We have found the best person for the position of CEO for MULTI in Michael Cesarz. He is adept in both technological and architectural matters, and has a wealth of experience as a manager. We consider him an asset in every sense of the word,” said Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO at thyssenkrupp Elevator.

Cesarz has not just gained extensive professional experience within Europe, but also in Dubai, where, as CEO of the Majid Al Futtaim shopping mall chain, he designed over 20 subsidiaries throughout the Middle East. Prior to this, he was in charge of the Real Estate business unit and Asset Management of the METRO Group based in Düsseldorf, Germany. Cesarz was also an Executive Board Member at the clothing chain Peek & Cloppenburg in this same city, where he focused primarily on development and expansion.

In addition to his architectural expertise, Cesarz is also considered a specialist in the areas of design, development, project management, and business operations throughout the entire real estate sector.

“I’m really looking forward to my new position. After all, this is a truly revolutionary piece of technology with an infinite number of possible uses, especially in terms of mobility in the smart cities of the future. It’s now time to make the most of these opportunities and tap into the potential that MULTI offers,” Cesarz added.

Cesarz will be part of a team presenting the MULTI as an Innovation Award finalist at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, which is being held May 30-31 in Chicago.





TK Elevator

With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €9 billion in fiscal year 2022/2023. We ensure high levels of customer service globally from our extensive network of about 1,000 locations. Over the past several decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent after separation from the thyssenkrupp group in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business proudly provided by around 25,000 service technicians. The product portfolio ranges from standardized elevators for low-rise residential buildings to highly customized solutions for skyscrapers. In addition, it covers escalators, moving walks, passenger boarding bridges and stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based solutions, such as the MAX platform, are delivering enhanced services. With these digital offerings, there are no longer any limits to urban mobility. TKE – move beyond.