​Group Management Board

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Head of Semi

Urs Gantner

serves as Head of the Business Unit SEMI (Semiconductor) including the Key Account Management since September 2016 and is a member of the Group Management Board of VAT. Prior to joining VAT in 2004, he was with Hamilton Medical and for seven years in the Energy and Environment Department of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the largest National Research Facility in Switzerland. Urs Gantner holds a Master in Engineering Sciences from ETH Zurich.


Head of Modules

Gebhard Lutz

serves as Head of Modules and is a member of the Group Management Board of VAT. He joined VAT in 2001 where he was charged with the management of the multi valve modules product group. Mr. Lutz is a graduate in systems engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Buchs (NTB).

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Head of Displays / Solar

Jürgen Zoller

serves as Head of Business Unit Display & Solar and is a member of the Group Management Board VAT. He joined VAT in 2000 and has been instrumental in establishing the successful Display and Solar organization. Mr. Zoller is a graduate in Technical Production Management of the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn (FHV).


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Head of Bellows / GVA

Arno Zindel

serves as Head Bellows / GVA since September 2016 and is a member of the Group Management Board. He is very experienced in the vacuum and coating industry from his former positions like applications engineer, project manager, head of product group and head of product development Unaxis, Oerlikon and TEL Solar for many years. His last position was Head of Development in a textile machine company. Arno has a degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a MBA from the University of Applied Sciences in Chur.


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Head of Global Services

Ronald Pschenitschnigg

serves as Head of Global Services and is a member of Group Management Board of VAT. He joined VAT in 2003 and has over 22 years of experience in the vacuum and coating industries. Mr. Pschenitschnigg’s earlier positions were at Balzers Process Systems and Unaxis Balzers. He is a graduate in electrical engineering from HTL Rankweil and obtained an MBA in International Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn (FHV).

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Head of Global Sales and Sales Asia a.i.

Heinz Kundert

was appointed CEO of VAT Group in 2015, having previously served on the Board of Directors of VAT since 2014. He has many years of senior management experience in the technology sector, particularly in the semiconductor, vacuum and coating industries. From 1999 to 2004, Heinz Kundert served as COO and then CEO of OC Oerlikon (formerly Unaxis). He later worked as a strategy consultant and was a member of the Board of Directors of SEMI International, a global semiconductor industry association based in San Jose, CA, USA, since 2005 as Vice President. In 2005, he was also appointed president of SEMI Europe in Berlin. Heinz Kundert has a degree in mechanical engineering, business management and business administration with a federal diploma from the FAH/University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Head of Corporate Research

Dr. Michael Zickar

serves as Head of Corporate Research a.i. and is a member of the Group Management Board of VAT. Prior to joining VAT in 2012, he was with Schott Schweiz AG where he was responsible for the Systems Engineering Department, building high performance inspection systems for the pharmaceutical industry. Michael Zickar holds a PhD in micro electro mechanical systems from the University of Neuchâtel and a Master of Advanced Studies in Management, Technology & Economy from ETH Zurich.

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Head of Corporate Development & Innovation

Dr. Aitor Galdos

serves as Head of Corporate Development & Innovation and is a member of the Group Management Board of VAT. Before joining VAT in 2015, Aitor Galdos held senior positions in Business Development and Corporate Strategy with Landis & Gyr, IMG, VP Bank and OC Oerlikon (formerly Unaxis). From 2003 to 2005, he was CEO of Tecan, a leading player in the healthcare supply industry. Aitor Galdos studied mechanical engineering at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and received two master’s degrees at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA, in both mechanical engineering and metallurgy. He subsequently took his doctor’s degree at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, and worked for two years in teaching and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. He also earned an MBA degree at the University of Syracuse, NY.


Egon Haemmerle

Head of Operations

Egon Hämmerle

serves as Head of Operations and is a member of the Group Management Board of VAT. Prior to joining VAT in 2013, he was with Leica Microsystems and Plaston Group where he was appointed COO in 2009. Egon Hämmerle holds a degree in electronics engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Buchs (NTB).
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