Peter Nietzer, CHAIRMAN
Peter Nietzer (born in 1960) has been the Chairman of our Supervisory Board since 2013. He brings extensive experience to voxeljet having worked in the field of strategy, restructuring and organization consulting to top management for many years from 1989 to 2000 and also acted as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wavelight AG from 1999 to 2007.
Moreover, from 2005 to 2014 he held the position of Partner and Chief Financial Officer of GermanCapital GmbH, a private equity company co-founded by him and specializing in mid-market buy-outs.
Prior to that Peter Nietzer had been an Executive Board member and Managing Partner of Felicitas GmbH (previously known as GI Ventures AG), a fund management company he helped to found, for five years. Since January 2013 Peter Nietzer has also been the owner and Managing Director of KITES Industriebeteiligungen GmbH, a private investment holding company, and of M59 Advisory Services. Peter Nietzer holds a degree in business administration from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
Dr. Stefan Söhn, Deputy Chairman
Mr. Stefan Söhn was born in 1954 in Düsseldorf, Germany, has been the vice chairman of our supervisory board since 2013. Since January 2010, Mr. Söhn has served as a Partner and Managing Director of MBL China Consulting GmbH, as owner and manager of Söhn Industrial Consulting and as Of Counsel Lawyer and Head of China Desk of Sonntag & Partner Wirtschaftsprüfer, Steuerberater, Rechtsanwälte in Augsburg and Munich, Germany. Mr. Söhn held executive positions at KUKA Systems GmbH, an equipment supplier to the automotive industry, from July 2000 to December 2009, serving as its Chief Financial Officer from July 2000 to December 2006 and as its Chief Executive Officer from January 2007 to December 2009.
Dr. Söhn also served on KUKA Systems GmbH’s management board from January 2009 to December 2009. During his time at KUKA Systems GmbH, Mr. Söhn led the successful expansion of its business in Asia. Mr. Söhn also serves as the chairman of the supervisory boards of Fast Casualwear AG and PW Automation AG, as the deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Scheuffele Holding and as a member of the supervisory board of Stadtsparkasse Augsburg. Mr. Söhn holds a law degree from the University of Augsburg, Germany and a Master of Science in Management for the London School of Business.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Joachim Heinzl
Mr. Joachim Heinzl was born in 1940 in Aussig, Czech Republic, is one of our founders and has been a member of our supervisory board since 2013. Mr. Heinzl has served as Professor Emeritus at the Technical University of Munich, Germany since 2005. Prior to becoming Professor Emeritus, Dr. Heinzl had been the Chair for Precision Engineering and Micro Technology at the Technical University of Munich since 1978 and served the Technical University of Munich as Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from 1988 to 1992 and as First Vice President from 1995 to 2002.
Mr. Heinzl focused a large portion of his research on technology relating to 3D printing while on the faculty of the Technical University of Munich. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Heinzl was the President of the Bavarian Research Foundation. Mr. Heinzl holds a diploma in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in electroacoustics from the Technical University of Munich.