Change at the Helm of Rohde & Schwarz
After a 35 year long career with Rohde & Schwarz, including seven years on the Executive Board and five years as its Chairman, Michael Vohrer (62) has announced his retirement. An electrical engineer by profession, Vohrer played a key role in the company's success throughout the years. One of his major contributions was achieving market leadership in the field of mobile radio test and measurement when he headed that division. The company's recent entry into the oscilloscope market, which he proudly announced, and was reported extensively by Microwave Journal, marks the end of his long and productive career.
A proven test and measurement expert, Vohrer mapped out important new paths for Rohde & Schwarz: He launched the R&S CMU200 universal radio communication tester, one of the company's all-time best selling products. He is leaving the company for personal reasons. “Now that we have successfully guided the company through the economic crisis and I see that things are back on the right track, I would like to start enjoying my well-earned retirement,” he said.
At the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2010, Manfred Fleischmann assumed the role of President and CEO. He joined the company 25 years ago, and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2005. In this capacity he was responsible primarily for production, logistics and materials management. Before that, Fleischmann, who is an engineer by profession, held various management positions in quality assurance.
He stated, “My goal is, together with my colleagues, to maintain the company's economic independence and growth. Driving us towards this goal are both the company's global positioning (for example, our expansion activities in Asia) and its innovative products, such as the newly launched oscilloscopes, which will also open up new markets."
Gerhard Geier is now on the Executive Board. Also an engineer, he has been with the company since 1968 and has been a member of Corporate Management for 16 years as head of the Radiomonitoring and Radiolocation Division. Under his leadership, this division advanced to take its place alongside Test & Measurement, Broadcasting and Secure Communications as one of the four main pillars of the company. Christian Leicher remains on the Executive Board.