Michael Kieckbusch, born in 1961, studied economics in Hanover after completing his military service. He began his career as a Group trainee at Salzgitter AG in 1989.
From 1991 to 1994, Kieckbusch was in charge of personnel planning at Preussag Stahl AG, the nucleus of today's Salzgitter AG. After a year as head of the Personnel Controlling / Basic Strategy unit within the Central Personnel Department of the Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie VVaG (liability insurance for German industry), he was appointed Director of Human Resources of Preussag Stahl AG and as a representative of the German steel industry on the Social Committee of the European steel industry in 1995.
In 1998, Kieckbusch became Managing Director of PPS Personal-, Produktions- und Servicegesellschaft mbH, later SZST Salzgitter Service und Technik GmbH, a company that comprised key service functions for the Salzgitter Group. He was appointed a member of the Management Board and Industrial Relations Director of Salzgitter Stahl GmbH and to the equivalent positions at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, Peiner Träger GmbH and Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH in 2001. Kieckbusch is a lecturer at the Technical University of Braunschweig and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hans Böckler Foundation. In addition, he has been Chairman / Vice Chairman of the European Commission's Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Steel since 2006.
Michael Kieckbusch has been a member of Salzgitter AG's Executive Board since 2013 and is responsible for Personnel.