Founder and President
CSJ Schmitz-Justen & Company
emens Schmitz-Justen is the founder and President of CSJ Schmitz-Justen & Company which he started in 2009. Concurrently he was Director of International Programs in the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University from 2008-2010.
He is the former president of BMW Manufacturing LLC in Greer, SC, where, according to the Automotive News, he “led a major update of the company’s manufacturing operations in Spartanburg, S.C.” from 2004-2008. During Schmitz-Justen’s term of executive leadership at BMW, the Spartanburg plant built its one-millionth vehicle in the U.S., underwent a multi-million dollar expansion, began using landfill methane gas to run the paint shop and added another generation of the popular X5 Sports Activity Vehicle to its line. He joined BMW in 1991 and served in a variety of senior management assignments within the company, such as Head of the Painted Body Division, Head of Tool and Die and Stamping Operations, and Head of Experimental Vehicles of the BMW Group.
Prior to that, Dr. Schmitz-Justen worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT from 1981 until 1991, where he also earned his doctorate in 1986 and served as managing chief engineer. Schmitz-Justen is an honorary adjunct professor at Chemnitz Technical University in Germany. He earned the equivalent of a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering in 1981 and a doctorate degree in manufacturing engineering in 1986 from Aachen Technical University in Aachen, Germany.
Dr. Schmitz-Justen serves on several corporate boards in North America as well as in Europe, and has been involved in various community service activities. He has addressed academic and corporate audiences as a keynote speaker at management and industrial conferences.