The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has appointed Dr Susanne Bieller as its new General Secretary.
Bieller, 41, take overs from Gudrun Litzenberger who has retired.
Additionally, Litzenberger has handed over the management of the IFR Statistical Department to Dr Christopher Müller.
Bieller said: “As an `ambassador of robotics`, I am looking forward to supporting the dynamic development of robotics and continue IFR´s successful work in future. One of my focus tasks will be to ensure a better understanding of the complex industry issues around the globe.”
Bieller has up to now worked as a project manager for the European Robotics Association EUnited Robotics for five years. She began her professional career as managing director of the flat-panel display group at the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) in Frankfurt, where she worked for seven years. After completing her academic career, the PhD Chemist went to the European Commission in Brussels where she looked into public relations and communications.
Müller, 37, now heads the IFR Statistical Department and is responsible for worldwide industry data and analyses. In this role, the PhD economist also takes care of the annual “IFR World Robotics Report”.
Litzenberger took over the responsibility for World Robotics Statistics in 2003 and has been General Secretary of the IFR since 2008. Last summer she received the Joseph F Engelberger Robotics Award – the world’s most important industry award. The jury honored her outstanding commitment. She has developed the robot statistics and established the IFR as the voice of robotics worldwide.
IFR represents more than 50 manufacturers of industrial robots and national robot associations from over twenty countries and was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization.
(picture, from left to right: Dr Susanne Bieller, Dr Christopher Mueller, Gudrun Litzenberger)