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30 leaders in the electronics industry you should know. Part 2


Innovation is the way to go, and the leaders in the electronics industry in this article know this firsthand. They adopt new technologies, constantly try new solutions, and impress with their skills. Meet the second part of the list of 30 leaders from the electronics industry and get inspired!

1. Dr. Markus Weber

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Dr. Markus Weber is a well-established C-Level Manager with over ten years of experience in innovation and the high-tech industry. He has worked at ZEISS since 2009 in various positions. Since 2019, Weber has been a member of the ZEISS Executive Board.

2. Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt

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From 1 January 2021, Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt was appointed by The Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board as a board member responsible for Technology. The business administration graduate joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991.

3. Karl-Heinz Bauer

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Highly skilled CTO, Karl-Heinz Bauer, graduated from the University of Karlsruhe and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management. For the past six years, he has been responsible for technology management across Schindler Group. Additionally, he also worked in Honeywell and Borg Warner.

4. Dr. Joseph Reger

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Joseph Reger has worked for various departments at Fujitsu since 1998. His current role is CTO for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), to which he was appointed in 2020. Reger is known for his ability to identify and predict game-changing IT trends. Also, he received his PhD from the University of Cologne and the highest German academic title (Habilitation) from the University of Mainz.

5. Maciej Kranz

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Maciej Kranz is EVP, CTO and Member of the Executive Board at KONE Corporation. Currently, he is leading the physical and digital R&D, IT, Technology Innovation, and Strategic Partnership teams in their mission to improve the flow of urban life and transform the building industry. Kranz came to the KONE after more than 20 years with CISCO, BP and Starflows Network. In addition, Maciej Kranz published his own book “Building the Internet of Things”.

6. Dr. Arnd Köfler

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Dr. Arnd Köfler has been a member of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG since 1 January 2017. His main responsibility is the entire production area comprising all operations from iron production through rolling to coating. Also, he held various other positions at Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann GmbH (HKM) since 1994.

7. Filippo Zingariello

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After 30 years in the SKF Group, Filippo Zingariello began his career in Wittur Group - one of the world's leading providers of components, modules and systems for the elevator industry. The multicultural executive leader also graduated as a master from Polytechnic University of Turin and London Business School.

8. Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen

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Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen is currently a member of the Managing Board at Technologiegruppe Harting. Before, he could collect experience as CTO at Schunk and as Senior Vice President at Siemens. In addition to these distinguished positions, he is active in the VDI (Association of German engineers), where he holds the position of Chairman of Digital Transformation.

9. Dr. Steven Partridge

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Dr. Steven Partridge is a Vice President of Digital and Business Transformation at SKIDATA. At Roche, Novartis and Hewlett Packard, Partridge held various Management positions. He says about himself: "My Passion is building and transforming organizations and people to succeed, achieve their objectives, and perform at their best."

10. Andreas Mauer

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Engineer Andreas Mauer started his career as a Software Developer at ABB Industrial Robot Systems. Here, as well as at TRA IT consulting and Avanade, he collected various years of sophisticated experience in the IT sector. In 2012, he joined Bosch, where he was first appointed CTO for the department of Security Systems. Since 2018 Mauer has been working as CTO at Bosch Building Technologies.

11. Renee Zaugg

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In 2020 Rene Zaugg was appointed as a Chief Information Officer in Otis. Prior to that, Renee served as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure and Cloud Services at CVS Health, a Fortune 5 company, where she focused on the implementation of digital technologies to successfully drive competitive advantages and systems engagement. She is also the executive sponsor for Otis’ Women in Technology employee resource group. 

12. Florian Potschka

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Florian Potschka has been working at ARRK Engineering (part of Mitsui Group) for over seven years. He currently holds the position of Global Business Leader and Division Manager Electronics&Software. Florian’s mission is to create great customer experiences and provide best-in-class engineering services.

13. Dr. Marco Fischer

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Dr. Marco Fischer began his career in 2004 and remains with Hilti to this day. Fischer is responsible for the technical strategy & steering of activities to support Hilti's technical consumable business in the Mechanical and Electrical market segments.

14. Bruno Wiart

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Bruno Wiart is a Vice President and Head of Engineering of the Tahles IDE Inc. Wiart has been having a very international career holding positions in France, Australia, and the US. He is described as very open-minded, engaged, and professional by his peers.

15. Martina Schwinger

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Martina Schwinger is part of the Knapp AG for over 13 years now. She has been serving as the Head of Engineering for almost 3 years and contributed a lot of expertise to the company.

16. Rene Pruss

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Rene Pruss did a diploma focused on Mechanical Engineering. Afterward, he entered Schaeffler as a Trainee. In this company, he collected various experiences and could climb the career ladder holding various leading positions. He has been Head of Industrial Engineering Processes for over one year being responsible for global product strategies and launches.

17. Katarina Nedeljkovic

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Wacker Neuson is a leading manufacturer of compact and construction machines. This is also aided by an experienced management team, which includes the Head of the Engineering Department, Katarina Nedeljkovic. With lots of expertise, she is an initiative, motivated and independent leader.

18. Carsten Stubenrauch

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Carsten Stubenrauch is the current Vice President of Engineering at Linde Group. He held previous leading positions there, such as Head of Department, Head of Section, and Discipline Design Manager. Stubenrauch is therefore used to be a leader in a company that has been delivering cutting-edge technology for 140 years.

19. Joerg Dietrich

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Joerg Dietrich always had a passion for the STEM field visiting a special school for mathematics and physics. Later he studied machine and plant engineering. Right after that, he joined the Linde Group as a Process Engineer. All in all, he has been working for over 30 years and counting for the Linde Group. He has been Head of Manufacturing for two years now.

20. Volker Kobbe

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Volker Kobbe is a Head of Industrial Engineering Software at Endress & Hauser in Switzerland. He has been working for the company since 1989, starting his career as an Electronics Lab Technician (Research & Development).

21. Thomas Heinze

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Thomas Heinze studied Manufacturing Technology at the Paderborn University. He has been working at Miele since 2006 and today holds the position of the Head of Industrial Engineering.

22. Luis Esteban

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Luis Esteban’s motto is “Always looking for new challenges because I believe in change of perspective and change”. Currently, he works as a Director of Application Engineering & Project Management EU in Webasto. Since 2008, he has also held various leadership positions within the company.

23. Dr. Marcel Wagner

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Dr. Marcel Wagner has a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich. Through his hard work, he has gained experience at companies such as ALTEN, EADS, Fraunhofer IGCV, and KUKA, where he is currently working as a Head of Engineering AGV Solutions.

24. Dr. Stefan Kampmann

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After impressive achievements at Bosch and OSRAM, Dr. Stefan Kampmann took over as Chief Technology Officer at Voith. Additionally, he became a Member of the Corporate Board of Management. The Voith Group is a global technology company that sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

25. Ralf Schmidt

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Ralf Schmidt is a Vice President, General Manager and Head of Advanced Engineering in DRÄXLMAIER. He began his career at BMW Group, where he worked for almost 15 years and gained extensive knowledge in Embedded Control Unit Development, Connectivity, Sensors and Telematics. Additionally, Schmidt was a Head of the DRÄXLMAIER Campus at the Technical University Munich (TUM).

26. Dr. Alexander Vollkopf

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Dr. Alexander Vollkopf is a strong research professional with a PhD focused in Chemical Physics from the University of Kassel. Today he is a Head Of Silicon Applications Lab at Siltronic AG. Also, he skilled in Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Continuous Improvement, JMP, and Semiconductors.

27. Henning Irle

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Henning Irle did a diploma in Electrical engineering. He holds the position of Head of Advanced Engineering & Technologies Electronics in Hella. Hella is a global family-owned company that specializes in innovative lighting systems and vehicle electronics.

28. Dr. Dirk Abendroth

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After graduating from the Technical University of Hamburg, Dr. Dirk Abendroth got an extensive experience in BMW Group and BYTON in California. Since 2019, he has been a Chief Technology Officer at Continental Automotive.

29. Marcel Brzank

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Marcel Brzank is an experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. After 11 years at Siemens, he joined ubitricity, a member of Shell group, as a Chief Technology Officer. Additionally, he has several degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Business Administration and Management.

30. Georg Weber

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Georg Weber has been a member of the Executive Board of WILO SE since 2017. In addition, he holds the position of Chief Technology Officer Wilo SE. Previously he was responsible for the areas of electronics and engine production as well as the production system and technology development. In addition, Weber has accompanied the Wilo Group for two years as a driver of the cross-divisional digitalization team.