Board of Directors


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Chairman

Dr. Martin Komischke

was elected as chairman of the Board of Directors of VAT at the AGM in May 2017. From 2004 to 2016, Dr. Martin Komischke served as CEO of HOERBIGER Holding AG following his function as Head of the Strategic Business Unit “Drive Technology” and member of the Executive Board from 1996 to 2003. Before that, he held various functions at Kolbenschmidt AG and Mannesmann-Sachs AG. Dr. Martin Komischke currently serves as chairman of the Board of HOERBIGER Holding AG (since 2016) and HOERBIGER GmbH (since 1993). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of  Stäubli Holding AG (since 2016), a member of the Supervisory Board of Aixtron SE (since 2013) and the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of HOERBIGER Foundation (since 2016).


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Vice-Chairman

Heinz Kundert

was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of VAT in May 2018 following three years as CEO of VAT Group AG. Prior to that, he served in various management positions in Asia for Balzers AG, a global supplier of thin film equipment for semiconductor manufacturing. Mr. Kundert also served as CEO of Unaxis Holding AG. He was vice president and European president of SEMI International, a global semiconductor industry association. Mr. Kundert is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO (until October 2020) of Comet Group AG and member of the Board of Directors of Variosystems AG and the Frauenhofer Institute in Germany. He holds a certificate in mechanical engineering and a degree in industry management from the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) in Switzerland, and a degree in business management from the University of St. Gallen.


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Member

Libo Zhang

was elected a member of the Board of Directors of VAT in May 2018. Previously, Ms Zhang was CFO of the German automotive manufacturer Borgward Group AG and an independent finance and controlling consultant based in Switzerland. From 2010 to 2015 she held various senior financial management positions in Germany and Asia at SGL Group, a leading global manufacturer of carbon-based products, including regional CFO and senior manager of corporate development, mergers and acquisitions. For more than 10 years prior to that, she held senior positions in finance and commercial operations in the German engineering and aerospace sector. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of CIC Controlling GmbH in Dortmund, Germany. Ms Zhang holds PhD in Economics and an MBA from Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany.


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Member

Karl Schlegel

rejoined the Group as a member of the Board of Directors of VAT in February 2014 following the acquisition by Partners Group and Capvis Equity Partners. Between 2004 and 2013 he was the CEO of VAT. Prior to this, Karl Schlegel served as CEO of Hamilton Medical AG between 1997 and 2003. Mr. Schlegel is also a member of the foundation board of Stiftung Arwole (a charity for individuals with disabilities, since 2014). Karl Schlegel holds a bachelor’s degree of science from the medical engineering department of the University of Applied Sciences and Technology Buchs (NTB) and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen.


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Member

Urs Leinhäuser

was elected to VAT’s Board of Directors in March 2016. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Leinhäuser was Head of Corporate Controlling at Georg Fischer AG and later CFO of Georg Fischer’s Piping Systems Division. From 1999 to 2003, he was CFO of Mövenpick Holding AG. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Leinhäuser was CFO and Head of the Corporate Center at Rieter Holding AG. After the spin-off of Autoneum Holding AG from Rieter Holding AG in 2011, Mr. Leinhäuser was CFO and Deputy CEO of Autoneum Holding AG until 2014. Mr. Leinhäuser currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ammann Group Holding AG, Burckhardt Compression Holding AG, Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG, PENSADOR Partner AG and he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Avesco AG. Mr. Leinhäuser holds a degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland.


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Member

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger

was elected as member of the Board of Directors of VAT at the AGM in May 2017. Between 2001 and 2016, Dr. Hermann Gerlinger was CEO of Carl Zeiss SMT AG and from 2006 to 2016 also member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG. Before that he held various function for Carl Zeiss SMT AG and ZEISS AG. Dr. Hermann Gerlinger currently serves as advisor to the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG (since 2017), as member of the Supervisory Board of Siltronic AG (since 2011) and as member of the Advisory Board of the German National Metrology Institute (PTB) (since 2015).

Daniel Lippuner
Member

Daniel Lippuner

was elected to the VAT Board of Directors in May 2020. From 2017 to 2019 Mr. Lippuner was the Chief Operating Officer at Meyer Burger Group, a global technology leader in the solar photovoltaic industry. Prior to that, he was CEO of Saurer AG, and over the course of more than 25 years has held senior management positions at a number of other international companies, including OC Oerlikon, Hilti Group and Rieter Automotive. Mr. Lippuner is currently a member of the Boards of Directors for the Remnex Foundation, 3S Solar Plus AG and Amsler Tex AG. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
 
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