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
Thomas Erne (1973, Swiss and German) has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Corporate Center of Starrag Group since 01.09.2020.
He previously served as CFO at DMG Mori since 2015. From 2007 to 2015, he was Regional Finance Director at Zimmer Biomed and was responsible for Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Mediterranean as well as the European finance for the Business Units Trauma, Spine, Surgical and Computer Assisted Solutions. From 2006 to 2007, hes was Senior Controller at Swissport, responsable for the US business. From 2004 to 2006, he worked in the USA for Altana Pharma, where he accompanied the market development of the American business in the finance department. From 2002 to 2004 he completed a trainee programm in finance at Altana Pharma AG.
Thomas Erne holds a degreee in business administration from the University of Constande/DE.
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) joined Starrag Group on 1 May 2019 and 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 in various executive positions with Bosch Packaging Systems, Beringen/Switzerland (former SIG Division SIG Pack), where he was finally responsible for the entire unit's operations as General Manager. Between 2008 and 2016 he was Chief Operating Officer of Schleuniger Group and Head of Global Production and Supply Chain of SIG Combiblock Group. His earlier professional career included operational responsibility of SIKA’s China business and various executive positions in marketing, trading, sales and production at ATEL, where he ultimately served as Head of Group Operations 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.