The Supervisory Board of First Sensor AG appointed Dr. Mathias Gollwitzer (aged 53) as next Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of First Sensor AG for a term of three years commencing 10 August 2015. He will head the company together with Dr. Martin U. Schefter, who has been at the helm of the company, an international sensor technology vendor, since June 2013. The stated objective of the incoming senior management is to make First Sensor AG one of the three leading providers in its core markets by 2019. Dr. Gollwitzer's new sphere of ownership will include, in addition to the Finance and Controlling departments, the divisions Purchasing, Human Resources, IT and Process Development. At the same time, he will be responsible for investor relations and legal issues.
"Dr. Mathias Gollwitzer brings not just the necessary experience as CFO within an international industrial environment but also advanced technology know-how to the job," said Dr. Martin U. Schefter, CEO of First Sensor AG. "We stand to benefit from this combination as well as from his achievements in the contexts of EBIT improvement, the introduction of SAP, portfolio optimisation, and shortening the pre-production cycle for new technologies."
A certified business administrator by trade, Gollwitzer started his professional career with Deutsche Aerospace AG in Munich, before he moved on to Telefunken Systemtechnik in Ulm and joined what is now Daimler AG in 2002. Here, Gollwitzer became commercial head of group research, later taking charging of group controlling. Between 2008 and 2012, he headed Mercedes-Benz France SAS in Paris in the role of CFO. After ten years with the Daimler Group, and after twenty years in the technology sector, Dr. Gollwitzer transferred to EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG in Karlsruhe in 2012 to become head of group controlling and of that energy company's transformation program.
"Dr. Gollwitzer made an excellent impression on the Supervisory Board during a series of personal meetings," said Prof. Dr. Alfred Gossner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of First Sensor AG. "We are convinced that not just his expertise but also his personality make him the perfect choice for the job of ensuring that First Sensor AG continues on its trajectory toward profitable growth and market leadership."
Until he starts his new job on 10 August 2015, CEO Dr. Martin U. Schefter will continue to provisionally handle the affairs of the CFO.