Laser Components’ Next Generation Takes Over

Long-time CEO Günther Paul at the farewell ceremony on 18 April 2018 (Source: Laser Components)

After 35 years at the helm of the Laser Components Group, company founder Günther Paul (72) is taking full time retirement. In 2014 he transferred his company shares to his sons Patrick (40) and Felix (38). On 18 April, the entire staff said goodbye to their long-time boss with a surprise celebration at the company headquarters in Olching, Germany. Once again, they reviewed the most important milestones in the company’s history – from the beginning as a two-man business in the family home in 1982 to today’s international group with branch offices and production facilities in five countries. Long-standing companions and representatives of the overseas branches sent video messages to wish Günther Paul all the best for this new chapter in his life.

In a short address, Patrick Paul emphasized the successful handover process. Over the years, more and more competencies have been transferred from one generation to the next, thus avoiding any negative effects on the company’s growth.

The future retiree, who was busy working in the garden just before the unexpected invitation to lunch, was deeply touched by his farewell party and thanked his employees for the successful surprise. He promised to remain in touch with the company, as long as his numerous hobbies gave him time to do so.

In the optical coatings department, Christian Grunert has been appointed director of production for laser optics. The 37-year-old engineer succeeds Uwe Schallenberg, who has been working in thin-film coatings since 1977 and served as head of this key department since 2014.

Uwe Schallenberg passing on responsibility for the optical coatings department to Christian Grunert. (Source: Laser Components)

Grunert is not new to the world of dielectric coatings, beam splitters, and mirrors. At university, he focused on lasers and optotechnology. After that, these technologies remained at the center of his professional career. He can draw on more than ten years of experience in the field of optical thin-film technologies – three of them in the R&D department at Laser Components. During this time, he has worked closely with his colleagues from production.

According to CEO Patrick Paul, this internal succession proves the success of close interaction of scientific research and practical implementation, which has always been an integral part of the company philosophy. (Sources: Laser Components)

Link: LASER COMPONENTS – Gesellschaft für den Vertrieb und die Fertigung von Lasern und optoelektronischen Komponenten mbH, Olching, Germany

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