Laser specialist and machine tool manufacturer Trumpf has announced an expansion in its management board. From 1 July 2017, Heinz-Jürgen Prokop (pictured) and Christian Schmitz will join the board, meaning in the future the family company will be managed by three family members and three external managers.
Prokop, who has also been chairman of the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) since 2016, will assume responsibility for Trumpf's machine tools division, which until now has been headed by Mathias Kammüller. Schmitz will head the laser technology and electronics division, for which Peter Leibinger will retain responsibility until 30 June 2017.
Peter Leibinger and Mathias Kammüller are to shift from operational responsibility for the divisions to responsibility for the company's growth areas. Peter Leibinger will therefore drive the consistent development of new technologies, such as additive manufacturing and EUV.
Mathias Kammüller, who is also chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) in Baden-Württemberg, will become chief digital officer (CDO) of the company. He will assume the central role in shaping the Trumpf digital business models and will also be driving digital transformation within the company.
Lars Grünert remains responsible for the company's finances as chief financial officer. In addition to her role as chairwoman of the managing board, Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller will become labour director. This position had to be filled again following the departure of Gerhard Rübling, who ran HR for many years. Leibinger-Kammüller also held the position herself from 2005 to 2007.
For Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, the expansion of the managing board is a clear commitment toward providing the company with additional creative space for future issues, enabling it to continue playing a key role in the digital transformation of mechanical engineering. ‘Our primary focus so far has been on products and services,’ she commented. ‘With the new organisational structure we are taking things a step further and reinforcing our digital interaction with our customers. That is the key message to the market.’