Dr Kümmerle studied mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, followed by a PhD in Mechatronics at the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne. He then spent three years on research projects managed jointly by the Polytechnic and Seagate before joining Emhart Glass (for the first time) as a Project Manager in the area of process control. Following an MBA at the International Institute for Management Development, he took up a role at Hilti as a Product Manager before becoming Hilti’s Head of Development based in Shanghai.
As VP Technology, Dr Kümmerle will lead the functions of research, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and application engineering within Emhart Glass, as well as overseeing product management. He will also take on responsibility for the Emhart Glass Research Center (EGRC) in the US. He reports directly to Martin Jetter, President of Emhart Glass, and will be living in Switzerland and working from the group’s headquarters in Cham. ‘I’m delighted to welcome Matthias back to Emhart Glass as our new VP Technology,’ comments Mr Jetter. ‘He brings a wealth of R&D, technical and managerial experience to the job, and will play an essential role in developing the technology on which our future success depends. I’m looking forward to working with him, and I’m confident that his appointment, along with internal promotions, will further improve the efficiency and dynamism of our new technology group.’