​Group Management Board


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 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.


Head of Bellows / GVA

Jürgen Zoller

Interim Head of the Business Unit BELLOWS / GENERAL VACUUM.


Head of Global Services

Joe Haggerty

serves as Head of Global Services and is a member of the Group Management Board. He is a vacuum deposition industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in custom optical and tribological thin films. After opening and managing thin film production facilities  in the US and China, Joe came to Liechtenstein in 2003 as the Head of the Balzers Optics Division. In 2007 Joe became the CEO of Ionbond, a wear protection thin film coating company based in Switzerland with 40 factories and over 1000 employees. Over a ten  year period with Ionbond Joe executed a very successful turnaround of the company followed by a long period of profitable sustained growth. During his career Joe has led the design and opening of 10 coating facilities in the US, Asia, and Europe and has negotiated  and executed several long term contracts for thin film coating services with companies such as Samsung, Texas Instruments, and Pratt & Whitney. 
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. 

Head of Core Technology

Dr. 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.

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).


Head of Sales & Marketing a.i.  

Michael Allison

was appointed CEO of VAT Group in March 2018. Previously he was Head of the Semiconductor Division of Edwards/Atlas Copco. Prior to that Mr. Allison was Managing Director and Executive Vices President of Edwards’ global sales and service operations. He also worked for KLA Tencor for almost 20 years in a variety of senior management roles. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of SEMI International. He holds a degree I Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.


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. 


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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