My story

After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, where I studied industrial engineering and management until 2001, I added a Master in Management at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France 2002.

My first professional step was with a European sales office of a large Japanese enterprise called Sanyo in 2002 (acquired by Panasonic in 2011). As a Product Manager I was in charge of TVs (tube TVs back then!) and digital cameras. This is where I earned my first spurs as a Product Manager.

My next step led me to Micronas in 2006 (acquired by TDK in 2016), a company specializing in semiconductor products for TV and consumer electronics manufacturers. I broadened my technical background and learned about the specifics and business models of a fabless semiconductor company in a highly dynamic environment.

In 2008, after a short intermezzo in the space of professional metal working tools (Hoffmann Group) I moved back into the audio visual industry with NEC Display Solutions Europe. I managed various product groups, such as projectors and embedded computing solutions and was in charge of managing cooperations with several software start-ups as well as major players in the industry like Texas Instruments, Intel, Advantech, Aaeon and Raspberry Pi. Some of my professional highlights during that time:

Personal stuff

  • Proud father of six great kids 
  • Podcast addict
  • Enthusiast about Japanese culture and food
  • I enjoy meeting new people and learning about other cultures
  • Amateur sportsman (running, working out) and passionate hiker

In a nutshell

Product Management has been my job for two decades. I was fortunate to work with great people in international settings. I was exposed to many different cultures and had the opportunity to work in various cross-functional teams. I am a strategic thinker and open communicator. I am not afraid to rock the boat, yet at the same time I am an experienced mediator of different interests.