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Experienced mechanical engineer and hands-on manager focused on innovation and excellence in technology, production/ manufacturing and services – industry sectors: process industries, mechanical engineering, plant construction, with highly regulated products & complex requirements

Extensive experience of leadership, change & transformation management, reorganizations, post-merger integration and culture changes. Managing and developing international production sites in a multi-site environment, also project work in countries such as USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, China and India

Reshaping strategies and business processes, especially for medium sized companies and business units. Competence in lean management and sustainable development as an integral part of entrepreneurial activity. Managing companies in Germany, Austria and South America.

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since 11/2017
Vice President Operations Vienna
from 06/201
Managing Director

Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH and Otto Bock Austria GmbH, Vienna
Managing Director: Finance, Operations, QM, HR & Academy, Infrastructure & Site Services, Procurement, IT, Legal Affairs & Compliance
Vice President
Operations Vienna: Production Engineering, Manufacturing, Global Inventory Management & Logistics & FM, Purchasing, After Sales Service, HSEQ

11/2017-05/2018
Expert Advisor & Coach
Richartz-Interim – Advisory Services with focus on innovation & excellence in technology, production/ manufacturing and services

2014-10/2017
Interim Manager & Expert Advisor
Richartz-Interim – Interim Management and Advisory Services with focus on innovation & excellence in technology, production/ manufacturing and services for the process industries, mechanical engineering and plant construction. Active on behalf of business units of international groups as well as for small and medium-sized companies. DNK (German Sustainability Code) training partner via 2b-Enabled Consult (since 2016)

2010-2014
Regional Head Argentina, Uruguay & Chile – CEO
Lanxess S.A. – 6 locations, production & technology (4 sites), personnel, supply chain, quality management, HSE, finance, controlling, purchasing, information technology, PR and sales – with P&L responsibility

2007-2010
Chief Operating Officer
from 2009
CEO

Aliseca GmbH – Technical service provider for LANXESS. Services: process development, engineering, maintenance & workshops, site & asset strategy, logistics/ purchasing, operational excellence – with P&L responsibility (Lanxess subsidiary)

2005-2007
Head of Operations Department
Saltigo GmbH – Exclusive synthesis of active ingredients and intermediates for the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries as well as of specialty chemicals. Responsibility for production & technology (Lanxess subsidiary)

2003-2005
Head of Operational Excellence
Lanxess Group – Building-up and managing a department created on initiative of the board to develop operational excellence and lean management in production, technology and logistics (at a time when various Bayer departments were being fused with Bayer Chemicals to form Lanxess)

1989 – 2003
Executive in various line and staff functions
Bayer AG, various locations – Strategic projects, capital project management, process development, engineering, computer aided engineering, plant construction & commissioning, production, maintenance & workshops, HSEQ, international project activities, staff responsibility, optimization of business processes, change management, M&A

Concurrently with the above listed positions since 1992
Project activities in countries such as
USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, China, India

1981-1989
Rheinisch- Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen (Germany)

  • Studies in mechanical engineering with particular focus on thermodynamics
  • Scientific assistant at the Faculty of Technical Thermodynamics

Degree: Diplom-Maschinenbauingenieur/ MSc. Mechanical Engineering

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