At its meeting on September 24, the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG unanimously voted in favor of the following changes to the Executive Board: Dr. Karl Lamprecht, currently a member of the Executive Board, will become the new President & CEO effective April 1, 2020. Dr. Karl Lamprecht will succeed Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, the long-serving President & CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. As planned, after holding this office for 10 years, Prof. Dr. Kaschke will not seek another reappointment when the term of his contract expires in 2020.
Dr. Markus Weber has been appointed the new Member of the Executive Board and Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) segment effective October 1, 2019. He currently heads the Research Microscopy Solutions strategic business unit at Zeiss.
The Supervisory Board thanked Mr. Kaschke for his successful contribution over many years on behalf of the Zeiss Group.
“Under the leadership of Michael Kaschke, the Executive Board team of the Zeiss Group has developed and implemented forward-looking strategies. These have led to above-average growth and sustainable value creation at Zeiss for an entire decade,” Prof. Dr. Dieter Kurz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG, said in a company news release. “The company has a future-oriented business portfolio and is in an excellent position. This technology leader with a global reputation has been transformed into an active market shaper for its customers’ success. For this, we would like to extend our special thanks to Michael Kaschke. He has left his unique mark on Zeiss during his time as President & CEO and his 20 years serving on the Executive Board.”
With the appointment of Mr. Lamprecht, it was once again possible to fill the position of President & CEO from among the company’s own ranks. Mr. Lamprecht is a member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG and has headed the Zeiss SMT segment since 2017. He joined Zeiss in 2005 as Head of Strategic Business Development for semiconductor technology. There, he successfully took on different management functions. Mr. Lamprecht has a wide range of management experience, including in the development of growth and innovation strategies and the realization of technology acquisitions.
Markus Weber, who has been appointed Head of the SMT segment and a member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG, has acquired extensive experience within the Zeiss Group since joining the company in 2002. He possesses an excellent understanding of technology and many years of management experience, which he has demonstrated in challenging turnaround situations. He is currently Head of the Research Microscopy Solutions strategic business unit. He previously worked at the SMT and Medical Technology segments and was Head of Corporate Research & Technology.