Baton Handover at Blackbird Robotics

Remote laser welding technology expert Blackbird Robotersysteme is newly positioning itself for further international growth. Effective September 1, 2017, the addition of Karl Christian Messer to the executive board temporarily enlarges it to four members. After an extensive transition phase, co-founder and current CEO Dr. Wolfgang Vogl will exit the company at yearend to establish a start-up in the Industrial Internet of Things environment. For Blackbird Robotics, this step underscores the company’s successful transformation into a solid, mid-size Scanlab Group enterprise, whose growth trajectory can be successfully pursued even independent of its founders.

Management of Blackbird Robotersysteme (from left to right): CEO Dr. Wolfgang Vogl, CTO Dr. Ulrich Munzert, CFO Christel Rummel, and CEO Karl Christian Messer (Source: Blackbird Robotics)

Karl Christian Messer (51) has been appointed CEO of Blackbird Robotersysteme effective September 1. In the course of his career, he served at Kuka, PTR Präzisionstechnik and Linde in various sales management, production management and controlling capacities, as well as CEO at mid-size companies. Karl Christian Messer studied mechanical engineering at Technical University Munich and also has certifications as a technical business economist, safety engineer and european welding engineer.

“Karl Christian Messer was a lucky find for us, not only due to his industry experience, welding expertise and precise knowledge of market challenges from both the customer’s and system supplier’s vantage points. He’s also an internationally experienced pragmatist who’s already been doing business intensively in North America, China and Korea,” says Blackbird Robotersysteme co-founder Dr. Wolfgang Vogl regarding the personnel decision. “This is the ideal time point for transferring responsibility to ensure solid growth. I reflect back on exciting and successful years – particularly with Blackbird as a Scanlab family member – that exemplify fair and cooperative partnership, as well as sustainable growth.” (Source: Blackbird Robotics)

Link: Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH, Garching-Hochbrück, Germany

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