The supervisory board on Friday accepted the sudden resignation of chief executive Heinrich Hiesinger, who had led Thyssenkrupp since January 2011, just days after he sealed a steel joint venture deal with Tata Steel.
Thyssenkrupp declined to comment.
Kerkhoff joined Thyssenkrupp from Deutsche Telekom in 2011.
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; editing by Jason Neely)
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