Group Management

An experienced team of managers guides Asklepios Kliniken. The Chief Executive Officers, Kai Hankeln and Dr Thomas Wolfram, are in charge of the holding (Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co, KGaA). Kai Hankeln is responsible for the clinics in the Regions North and East, Dr Thomas Wolfram for the clinics in Hamburg, and Marco Walker for the clinics in the Regions Central and South Germany. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA is Hafid Rifi, and the Chief Medical Officer is Prof. Christoph U. Herborn. Dr Thomas Wolfram is Spokesman of Hamburger Asklepios Kliniken (AKHH).

Specialists in different fields, they provide all the skills required of senior management at a commercial clinic operator. The company aims to preserve and extend the market leadership of the Asklepios Group in the private clinic sector. Group Management acts concertedly at all times to achieve and ensure these strategic objectives.

Kai Hankeln (CEO)

Foto: Portrait von Asklepios CEO Kai Hankeln
Kai Hankeln (CEO) © Asklepios Kliniken


  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Operative Managing Director for the regions of Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein
  • Psychiatry Division
  • Group areas: Strategy & business development, compliance, corporate and contractual law, auditing, purchasing & logistics, care, service companies



Kai Hankeln began his professional career by completing an apprenticeship as an administrative clerk before moving on to study business administration and applied health sciences part-time. The state certified graduate of business administration worked for the German Employees' Health Insurance (DAK) for six years from 1991, before being appointed to the management of a rehab clinic in 1997. As CEO, he was in charge of the Bad Bramstedt Rheumatology Clinic from 1999 to 2007. Kai Hankeln was Director of the largest Asklepios Klinik in Hamburg Nord from 2007 until 2012, when he was appointed member of the Group Management and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Asklepios Kliniken GmbH for the clinics in the Region North-East. He was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Asklepios Kliniken Group on 1 May 2016. Kai Hankeln acts in this position in dual leadership with Dr Thomas Wolfram, who was appointed CEO at the same time. Operative responsibility for the Region North-East continues to rest with Kai Hankeln in his function as CEO.

Dr. Thomas Wolfram (CEO)

Foto: Portraitfoto von Asklepios CEO Dr. Thomas Wolfram
Dr. Thomas Wolfram (CEO) © Asklepios Kliniken


  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Spokesman of Asklepios Kliniken Hamburg GmbH (AKHH)
    Operative management Hamburg and Sylt

  • Group areas: Clinic financing & revenue management, information technology, HR development, executive support & executive search, labour and wage agreement law, HR recruitment, corporate communications & marketing, architecture & construction



Dr. med. Thomas Wolfram is a consultant for surgery and trauma surgery, a qualified healthcare economist and holder of an MBA (public health). Before moving to Asklepios, his positions included Director of Health and IT at SRH Holding and Chief Executive Officer of SRH Kliniken GmbH in Heidelberg. Dr Thomas Wolfram has belonged to Group Management of the Asklepios Kliniken Group since July 2013, and was appointed its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 1 May 2016. In this position, he acts in dual leadership with Kai Hankeln, who was named CEO at the same time. Moreover, Dr Wolfram has been Spokesman of the Management at Asklepios Kliniken Hamburg GmbH since July 2013.

Prof. Christoph U. Herborn (CMO)

Foto: Portraitfoto von Asklepios CMO Prof. C. U. Herborn
Prof. Christoph U. Herborn (CMO) © Asklepios Kliniken


  • Chief Medical Officer

  • Group areas: Asklepios International, Centers of Excellence, Hospital Hygiene, Medical School Hamburg & Stettin, Medicine & Science, Strategic Quality Management, Precision Medicine



Prof. Herborn has been a member of Group Management at Asklepios Kliniken since 1 January 2018. He was Medical Director for the entire Asklepios Group from 1 September 2015 before accepting this position.

Prof. Herborn was Director of MR Future Concepts International at GE Healthcare prior to joining Asklepios. After qualifying as a Consultant for Radiology at the University Clinic Essen and completing a research fellowship in the United States, he worked at the Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) from 2005. His remit was widened to include administrative and commercial affairs in 2007. In this regard, his projects included putting the new building into service. From 2010 to 2012, he was Managing Director of the UKE Martini Clinic, a facility specialised in the treatment of prostate cancer. He was also Chief Commercial Officer at the Oncology Centre of University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Hafid Rifi (CFO)

Bild: Portraitfoto von Asklepios CFO Hafid Rifi
Hafid Rifi (CFO) © Asklepios Kliniken


  • Chief Financial Officer

  • Group areas: Accounting, taxes & controlling, investor relations & financing, insurances, risk management



Hafid Rifi has worked as Head of Accounting, Taxes and Controlling at Asklepios since 1 September 2009. He was appointed Managing Director of Asklepios Klinken Hamburg GmbH in December 2015, and was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of Group Management at Asklepios Kliniken GmbH on 1 March 2016. Hafid Rifi is a qualified economist, tax consultant and auditor. Before joining Asklepios, Hafid Rifi worked as an auditor for eleven years, providing consulting and auditing services to listed companies in the healthcare sector as well as municipal clinics chains and university clinics, among other positions.

Marco Walker (COO)

Foto: Portraitfoto von Asklepios COO Marco Walker
Marco Walker (COO) © Asklepios Kliniken


  • Chief Operating Officer

  • Operative management for the regions: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland



Marco Walker has been a member of Group Management at Asklepios Kliniken GmbH since 1 July 2016. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Marco Walker is responsible for the Group's clinics in the Regions Centre and South, which include just over 30 facilities in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

A native of Stuttgart, Marco Walker studied economics at the University of Mannheim, before starting his career as a trainee at Asklepios in 2002.  He went on to succeed in a variety of positions within the Group. They included Assistant to Group Management, Head of Administration at Donauklinik (Neu Ulm/Illertissen) and at Asklepios Klinik Bad Tölz. Afterwards he spent five years in charge of Asklepios Westklinikum Hamburg, before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Asklepios Klinikum Harburg in March 2013, where he remained until his move to Group Management

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