Chief Executive Officer (CEO)*
Frank Averdung graduated from RWTH Aachen with a degree in Electrical Engineering before beginning his professional career in the semiconductors division of Siemens AG in 1985. After various positions in Germany and abroad, the native Rhinelander took worldwide responsibility for the 32-bit microprocessors range as a Product Marketing Manager. In 1990 Averdung changed to National Semiconductor as a Corporate Marketing Manager for two years before moving on to ITT Semiconductor in 1992, first as Marketing Director US & Far East and later as Director of the American subsidiary. Before taking over as the Managing Director of the European ETEC Systems companies in 1999, Frank Averdung worked as a General Manager at Applied Materials in Munich for three years. From 2003 to 2006, as CEO of NaWoTec GmbH, Mr. Averdung substantially contributed to the successful development of the mask equipment business for the semiconductor industry and the later integration of the company into Carl Zeiss Semiconductor Metrology Systems (SMS).
Before his appointment to the SUSS MicroTec AG Management Board, Frank Averdung was the Managing Director of Carl Zeiss SMS GmbH, Jena, and President and General Manager of Carl Zeiss SMT Inc., Peabody, Massachusetts, USA.
* since February 1, 2009; appointed until January 31, 2017
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, 2015
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 2017
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
- BOSCH Solar CISTech GmbH, Brandenburg an der Havel
* Member of the supervisory board since October 1, 2007
Chairman of the supervisory board since June 2009
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.
Aside from his membership in the Supervisory Board of SUSS MicroTec AG, Mr. Teichert is not a member of any other supervisory board or comparable domestic or foreign board of directors.
*Member of the supervisory board since June 19, 2008
Deputy chairman of the supervisory board since June 2009
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 the machine and plant engineering company OC Oerlikon Corporation AG.
* since June, 2011