Managing Board

Dr. Franz Richter

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)*

Upon completion of his mechanical engineering studies at the University of Applied Sciences at Münster as well as Physics at the University Bielefeld and the University of Applied Science Darmstadt, Dr. Richter started out on his professional career at the research and development department at Carl Zeiss. In 1988 he moved on to the research and development of the Fraunhofer Institute. Following his professional activities as a scientist at the Carl Zeiss Group and the Fraunhofer Institute, he spent 14 years working for SUSS MicroTec, the last six of them as its CEO until 2004. During this time, the IPO took place and revenue grew beyond 200 million Euro. After serving as President of Semiconductor Equipment Division at Unaxis (now OC Oerlikon) in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, he set up Thin Materials AG and became its CEO in 2007. The company is engaged in the process development for the 3D chip integration and was successfully sold to Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd.,Tokyo, in 2013.

Today Dr. Richter serves as a member of the supervisory board of the stock listed Siltronic AG, Munich, Germany, the administrative board of Meyer Burger Technology AG, Gwatt, Switzerland and the COMET Holding AG, Flamatt, Switzerland. Additionally he is the president of the board of directors at Scint-X AB, Stockholm, Sweden.

* as of September 7, 2016, appointed until September 6, 2019

Michael Knopp

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)*

Upon completion of his business administration studies at the University of Bayreuth, Michael Knopp started out on his professional career as an auditing assistant at the auditing company Wollert-Elmendorff Deutsche Industrie-Treuhand GmbH. In the year 1996, the native of Münster assumed the role of financial analyst at Sensormatic Electronics GmbH., Ratingen, where he was responsible for the coordination, consolidation, and analysis of quarterly and annual financial statements of the European subsidiaries. Following two years of employment in subsidiary management at Gerresheimer Glas AG, Michael Knopp took over the commercial management of REALTECH AG, located in Walldorf, in 1999, where he was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer in the year 2001. He was additionally responsible for the national companies in the Asia-Pacific region and USA, where he successfully implemented a complete turnaround and reorientation.

Before assuming his position as Chief Financial Officer at SUSS MicroTec AG, Mr. Knopp was commercial managing director of Kemmax GmbH located in Essen, as well as CFO of International Operations of the Canadian parent company Chemtrade Logistics.

* since August 1, 2007, appointed until July 31, 2020

Walter Braun

Chief Operating Officer (COO)*

Walter Braun studied product engineering at Furtwangen University subsequent to an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering at Koch Pac Systeme. After obtaining his degree he started in mechanical construction and as project manager at frogdesign Inc. in Sunnyvale, USA. Picked for their talent pool he moved on to Homag AG in Schopfloch in 1999. Leading various projects he finally took on responsibility for managing the assembly group. In 2001 he managed the technical organization of Homag Machinery in Shanghai, China, and got appointed managing director in 2002. Returning to Germany in 2010 he moved on to Manz AG headquartered in Reutlingen and took the position as VP Operations. He promoted the third-party business (contract manufacturing) and restructured operations for entering new business areas.

Previous to his appointment into the management board of SÜSS MicroTec AG Walter Braun was member of the extended board at Manz AG.

* since Juli 1, 2014, appointed until June 30, 2017

Supervisory Board

Dr. Stefan Reineck

Chairman of the Supervisory Board*

Dr. Stefan Reineck began his career at LEYBOLD AG, an international plant construction company for the semiconductor and data storage industry, where he ultimately held the position of Division Manager for Data Storage Technology Facilities. This holder of a doctorate in physics subsequently assumed management control of Quartz Crystal Technology GmbH, a small-to-medium-sized manufacturer of equipment for the telecommunications industry. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Spokesman of the Management Board of STEAG HamaTech AG, which specializes in the production of optical storage media and photomasks. After leaving this position, he became a management consultant. From April to September 2007, Dr. Stefan Reineck was an interim member of the Management Board of SUSS MicroTec AG before joining its Supervisory Board in October 2007.

Dr. Reineck is a member of the following supervisory boards and comparable domestic and foreign boards of directors:

  • AttoCube Systems AG, Munich, Germany
  • Wittenstein AG, Igersheim, Germany
  • Phoseon Technology Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
  • Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AWS Group AG, Heilbronn
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Accel 4.0 Beteiligungs- GmbH, Heilbronn

* Member of the supervisory board since October 1, 2007
  Chairman of the supervisory board since June 2009
  Elected until 2017



Jan Teichert

Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board*

Jan Teichert began his career at a well-known accounting and auditing firm in Munich, Germany. In 1999, the business graduate transitioned from auditing to the operational business of the globally-oriented, stock exchange-listed Lindner Holding KGaA. There, he acted as authorized representative for finance and made a substantial contribution to the successful realignment of the finance department. Since January 2003, he has been a member of the Board of directors of Einhell Germany AG, where he serves as Chief Financial Officer.

*Member of the supervisory board since June 19, 2008
  Deputy chairman of the supervisory board since June 2009
Elected until 2017

Gerhard Pegam

Member of the of the Supervisory Board*

Gerhard Pegam was President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EPCOS, a world-leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems, headquartered in Munich, Germany until Januar 31, 2012. He was also a Member of the Board of Directors of the holding company TDK-EPC Corporation, which was established in 2009 as a result of the merger of EPCOS with the components business of the Japanese electronics company TDK Corporation.

Gerhard Pegam looks back to almost 30 years of experience in the Electronics Industry. After graduating in electrical engineering in 1981 he started his professional career as development engineer at Philips in Austria in 1982. In 1985 he moved on to Siemens, were he held various management positions within the passive components sector. In 1999 Gerhard Pegam became a member of the Management Board of EPCOS AG, a spin off from Siemens. He assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer before he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2001.

Gerhard Pegam is a member of the Board of Directors of OC Oerlikon Corporation AG and Schaffner Holding AG.

* since June, 2011
Elected until 2017