CSA Group Announces Appointments of Magali Depras to New Position of Chief Operating Officer and Ralf Schunk to Regional Vice President, Europe

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. Ms. Depras will be based in Montreal, Canada, 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 1st, and will be based in Frankfurt, Germany.  Ralf Schunk will take over Ms. 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 Mr. 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.”

Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Ms. 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 Ms. 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.  Mr. 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.

Mr. 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 member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally-accredited standards development and testing & certification organization. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education & training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing & construction, electro-medical & healthcare, appliances & gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world.


Allison Hawkins
Manager, Corporate Affairs
CSA Group
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April 1, 2014