Dr Wolfgang Ullrich has been named as CEO of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke as of 1 April 2020.
It concludes the leadership of Heiko Kober (CFO) as interim CEO as well as Dirk Christian and Frank Jocham as authorized representatives. They were placed at the helm following the departure of Dr Thomas Kessler at the end of 2019.
“We are delighted that Dr Ullrich has joined us as an experienced image processing and sensor specialist,” said Dr Walther Neussel, chairman of the Advisory Board.
“He will be able to contribute his expertise especially in the areas of automation technology, robotics, the semiconductor industry and medical technology, and help to move Schneider-Kreuznach forward.”
The group intends to continue its strategic focus on industrial applications, cine and photo optics.
“Optical technology is a key technology for the future, and we want to support our customers in this area as a reliable and innovative partner. I am looking forward to the new challenge, especially as the Schneider-Kreuznach brand enjoys an excellent global reputation,” said Ullrich.
Ullrich (pictured) worked at a subsidiary of Jenoptik AG from 1999 to 2008, first as Head of R&D, then as Managing Director (CEO). In 2008 he joined Grenzebach Algoscan as Managing Director (CEO). Since 2013 he has been Business Division Manager at Sturm Maschinen- & Anlagenbau.
The company’s main brand is “Schneider-Kreuznach”. The Schneider Group consists of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1913, and its subsidiaries Pentacon (Dresden), Schneider Optics (New York, Los Angeles), Schneider Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Schneider Optical Technologies (Shenzhen). The Schneider Group has around 550 employees worldwide, including 350 at its German headquarters.