Trumpf Trumpf expands its group management
Germany – Machine tool manufacturer and laser specialist Trumpf will be expanding its group management from 1 July 2017, increasing its group managing board from five to six.
Heinz-Jürgen Prokop and Christian Schmitz will be joining the company's most important managing board. Both have been active in the company for many years. This means that in future, the family company will be managed by three family members and three external managers.
Prokop, who is also chairman of the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) since 2016, will be assuming responsibility for Trumpf’s Machine Tools division, which until now has been headed by Mathias Kammüller. Schmitz will head the Laser Technology/Electronics division, for which Peter Leibinger will retain responsibility until June 30, 2017.
Leibinger and Kammüller are to shift from operational responsibility for the divisions to responsibility for the company's growth areas. Leibinger will see to the consistent development of new technologies, such as additive manufacturing or EUV. 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 Trumpf’s digital business models and will head the 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 labor director. This position was open since the departure of Gerhard Rübling, who headed HR for many years. Leibinger-Kammüller also held the position herself from 2005 to 2007.
For Leibinger-Kammüller, this expansion of the Managing Board is a clear commitment to provide the company with additional creativity 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. 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."