​Group Management Board

Urs Gantner_Hochformat_klein

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.


Juergen Zoller_Hochformat_klein

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) and holds a Master in Business Management of the University Klagenfurt.


Karin Dahlstroem_Hochformat_klein

Head of Bellows / GVA

Karin Dahlström

Karin joined VAT in July 2019 as Head of Business Unit Bellows / GVA and is a member of the Group Management Board. She brings in more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, P&L in the construction and power generation area. Her previous assignments where with Hilti’s Direct Fastening Division and Alstom Thermal Services and others. Karin holds a Msc in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a MBA from IMD Lausanne.


Joe Haggerty_Hochformat_klein

Head of Global Sales & Services

Joe Haggerty

Joe joined VAT in July 2018 as Head of Global Services and has additionally since January 2020 the position as Head of Global Sales. He  is a member of the Group Management Board and is a vacuum deposition industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in custom optical and tribological thin films. In his career he held several high level management functions in Oerlikon, Ionbond and others. Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of California at San Diego and both a Masters in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder


Michael Zickar_Hochformat_klein

Head of Core Technology

Michael Zickar

serves as Head of Core Technology 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.


Gebhard Lutz_Hochformat_klein

Head of Central Engineering

Gebhard Lutz

Head of the newly established Central Engineering function since 2019 and member of the Group Management Board of VAT. He joined VAT in 2001 and was already a member of the Group Management Board and head of the Modules business unit before the Central Engineering department was established. Mr. Lutz is a graduate in systems engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Buchs (NTB).


Vanessa Valentin_Hochformat_klein

Head of Human Resources

Vanessa Valentin

Serves as Head of Human Resources and is a member of the Group Management Board of VAT. She has joined the VAT Group in 2016 to build the global HR function. Prior to VAT, she worked as HR Director for ALSTOM (Switzerland) in the Sector Thermal Power, as HR Manager for General Electric Oil & Gas in Italy, Australia, USA and for General Electric Energy in Germany, USA, and Italy. Vanessa Valentin holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Developmental Psychology from University of Sussex, UK. 


Ottmar Mueller_Hochformat_klein

Head of Strategy & Corporate Development

Ottmar Müller

Serves as Head of Strategy & Corporate Development effective February 2019. Prior to joining VAT, Ottmar held a senior management positions at Brandholding KG, a family owned industrial company. Earlier management positions were at Siemens Building Technologies. During his time there, Ottmar was the head of Worldwide Product Line Access Control and responsible for the post-merger integration of the acquired Bewator AB in Sweden. Mr. Müller holds a PhD from the Karlsruher Institute for Technology.

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