Dr. Christian Walti (1967, Swiss) has been CEO of the Starrag Group since June 2018 and was interim Head of Sales from July 2019 to 31 March 2020 (up to June 2019 Head of Regional Sales).
From 2012 to 2018 he was the Managing Director of Bosch Packaging Systems in Beringen, Switzerland. He was additionally responsible for the Horizontal Packaging Systems Food from 2017, a unit with five international production sites. His primary responsibilities were global product portfolio management, organizational optimization, expansion of key account business, implementation of Industry 4.0 and the general positioning of the company as a technology leader in its target areas of expertise. From 2005 to 2011, as a shareholder and director of Faes Finanz AG (Holding), he subsequently assumed the role of delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO of Faes AG in Wollerau, Switzerland, where he established the company's international acitivies, among other achievements. Previously he was a consultant at Capgemini Consulting AG, followed by management tasks at ABB Schweiz AG.
Christian Walti completed his studies in business administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) with a doctorate.
CFO, Head of Corporate Center
Gerold Brütsch (1966, Swiss) has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Starrag Group since 2000 and since 2005 Deputy CEO and Head of Corporate Center.
Mr. Brütsch previously served as Chief Financial Officer of an international machine manufacturing company and as an auditor with KPMG in Zurich and San Francisco.
Gerold Brütsch is a graduate of the School of Economics and Business Administration in St. Gallen and earned his degree in business administration in 1990. He is a Swiss Certified Accountant and U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
Alexander Attenberger (1977, German) will be responsible for the Sales division of the Starrag Group from 1 April 2020.
He previously worked for the German Grob Group since 2013, first as a Head of Department and then as Division Manager of Sales of universal machines. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Executive Vice President of Sales Industrial Equipment at MAG IAS. Between 2007 and 2010, he worked for Deckel Maho Pfronten, first as the Head of Back Office Sales, then as Sales Director for horizontal machining centres. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Product Sales Manager Milling at DMG München Vertriebs und Service GmbH.
Alexander Attenberger is a Precision Engineering Master and an HWK (Chamber of Crafts) Business Economist.
Head of Customer Service
Günther Eller (1960, German) has been Head of Customer Service at Starrag Group since 2007.
He previously held various management positions at OC Oerlikon’s sales and customer service units beginning in 1986. From 2001 to 2006 he was Managing Director of the Business Unit Customer Service of the company’s Data Storage Division. He served as Managing Director of a sales and service subsidiary for OC Oerlikon’s engineering business from 1995 to 2001 and prior to that he held various sales and key account management positions.
Günther Eller has a degree in engineering physics.
Head of Business Ultra Precision Machining Centers
Jean-Daniel Isoz (1959, Swiss) has been Head of the Business Unit Ultra Precision Machining Centers, which comprises the Bumotec and SIP product lines since 1 July 2019.
Previously, he was responsible for the market segments Luxury Goods, Micromechanics and Med Tech within the former Business Unit Precision Engineering since 2015. Before he was responsible for the former Business Unit 4 for the brand Bumotec in Sâles (Switzerland) and SIP in Geneva (Switzerland). Prior to that, he had served as CEO of SIP Société d’Instruments de Précision SA from 2006. After first working as sales manager for SIP from 2000 - 2002, he took over as CEO of Bula Machines until end-2005. Previously, he had acquired 15 years of experience in various management positions in production and customer services for Bobst SA in Lausanne, USA and Asia.
Mr. Isoz holds a degree in electrical engineering and has completed Finance and Marketing programs at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Head of Group Operations / Head of Business Unit Horizontal Machining Systems
Dr. Stefan Breu
Dr. Stefan Breu (1964, Swiss) has been Head of Group Operations of Starrag Group since 1 July 2019, responsible for supply chain management, strategic procurement, manufacturing and sub-assemblies and Head of Business Unit Horizontal Machining Systems, which comprises the Heckert, Scharmann and WMW product lines.
He previously served since 2017 in various executive positions with Bosch Packaging Systems, Beringen/Switzerland (former SIG Division SIGpack), where as General Manager he was responsible for the entire unit's operations. From 2015 to 2016 he was Chief Operating Officer of Schleuniger Group. Prior to that he was Head of Global Production and Supply Chain of SIG Combiblock Group from 2008 to 2014. His earlier professional career included operational responsibility of SIKA’s China business (from 2005 to 2008) and various executive positions in marketing, trading, sales and production at ATEL (1995 bis 2005), where he ultimately served as Head of Group Operation and member of its Executive Board.
Stefan Breu holds a degree in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of St. Gallen. He also completed the International Executive Program at INSEAD Fontainebleau and the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University, USA.
Head Business Unit High Performance Systems
Dr. Bernhard Bringmann
Dr. Bernhard Bringmann (1977, Swiss and German) has been Head of the Business Unit High Performance Systems, which comprises the Starrag, Ecospeed and TTL product lines since 1 July 2019.
He has managed Starrag's factory in Rorschach since 2015, which belonged to the former Aerospace & Energy Business Unit, and was responsible for the Aero Engine and Power Turbine market segments and the centralized functions in the Aero Structure market segment. In 2014, he headed the then Business Unit 1 and was responsible for the Starrag brand in Rorschacherberg (Switzerland) and the TTL technology subsidiary in Haddenham (UK). Bernhard Bringmann joined Starrag in 2008 as head of test operations. From 2009, he was deputy head of R&D, from 2010, Starrag Group Chief Innovation Officer, and from 2012, he assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer at Starrag Rorschacherberg. Prior to joining Starrag, he served as a research fellow at ETH Zurich.
Bernhard Bringmann holds a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy/USA.