Thornwood, NY—The supervisory board of Carl Zeiss AG has expanded the executive board of the Zeiss Group, which currently has four members. This is in line with the implementation of the Zeiss portfolio strategy and anchors business responsibility in the executive board.
Effective January 1, 2018, two positions will be added to the executive board of the Zeiss Group headed by president and CEO Dr. Michael Kaschke. One will be for the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment and the other for Research & Quality Technology.
“Zeiss is still on course for further growth in important future markets, as evidenced by the record figures from the past fiscal year. The setup of Zeiss as a portfolio company initiated several years ago in line with market and customer segments is key for continuing this successful path. This is now also fully reflected in the structure of the executive board,” said Dr. Dieter Kurz, chairman of Carl Zeiss AG’s supervisory board.
Executive Board Changes
The current head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) business group, Dr. Karl Lamprecht, will serve as the executive board member responsible for the SMT segment.
“Karl Lamprecht is well versed in the special challenges posed by the volatile semiconductor market. He has an extensive network of both partners and customers. Over the past 12 years, he has contributed significantly to the success of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group. And consequently to the success of Zeiss,” said Dr. Kaschke. “We wish Karl Lamprecht much success in his new role and responsibilities as executive board member of the Zeiss Group.”
Also effective January 1, 2018, the current head of the Industrial Metrology (IMT) business group, Dr. Jochen Peter will be added as a member of the executive board. As such, he will lead the entire Research & Quality Technology segment, which comprises the IMT as well as the Microscopy business group.
“The Research & Quality Technology segment offers considerable growth potential for the Zeiss Group—in particular as a result of the opportunities offered by digitalization and smart industries. There are many points of intersection between the business groups IMT and Microscopy with great opportunities for our customers,” explained Dr. Kaschke. “We are delighted that Jochen Peter will lead this Zeiss segment directly as member of the executive board. We also wish him much success.”
CFO Leaving Zeiss
Thomas Spitzenpfeil, whose current responsibilities as a member of the executive board include the roles of CFO as well as CIO, will leave the Zeiss Group. After eight successful years at Zeiss, he will pursue new challenges.
He and the supervisory board have agreed not to extend his appointment for a third term. In addition, the board expressed its thanks to Spitzenpfeil for his work over the years. Moreover, it asked him to stay on until the scheduled end of his appointment on September 30, 2018. It’s hoped he would support the president and CEO with integrating the new executive board members.
“Thomas Spitzenpfeil has made many important contributions to the success of Zeiss since 2010. In particular are his achievements in setting up and evolving the shared service functions accounting, financial systems and corporate IT,” said Dr. Dieter Kurz.
Furthermore, a search is already under way to find a successor for the position of CFO of the Zeiss Group. zeiss.com