Executive Board

Dr. Christian Walti, CEO and Head of Regional Sales

Dr. Christian Walti (1967, Swiss) has been CEO of Starrag Group and Head of Regional Sales since 01.06.2018. From 2012 to 2018 he was the Head of Bosch Packaging Systems in Beringen, Switzerland. He was additionally responsible for the Horizontal Packaging Systems Food as of 2017, a unit of Bosch Packaging Technology 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.

Gerold Brütsch, 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.

Günther Eller, 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.

Jean-Daniel Isoz, Head of Precision Engineering

Jean-Daniel Isoz (1959, Swiss) has been Head of Business Unit Precision Engineering since 1 January 2015, with responsibility for the brands Bumotec and SIP covering the market segments Luxury Goods, Micromechanics and Med Tech. 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.

Dr. Marcus Otto, Head of Transportation & Industrial Components

Dr. Marcus Otto (1964, German) has headed the Business Unit Transportation & Industrial Components since October 2016. This unit with the Heckert and WMW brands works on the Heavy Duty Vehicles & Engines, On-Road Vehicles and Industrial Components market segments. Before, Dr. Marcus Otto was responsible as managing director at the Heckert GmbH in Chemnitz on an interim basis since May 2016. Earlier steps in his career included roles in management and as managing director at ThyssenKrupp (1991 to 2001) and Gildemeister (2001 to 2011). Starting in 2011, Otto became an independent management consultant and interim manager, among others, for Schiess Tech GmbH, Berlin, and as Senior Adviser for Staufen AG.
Dr. Marcus Otto obtained his diplomas in engineering and business engineering at Ruhr-University Bochum, where he later received his PhD degree.

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