10 December 2020
LayTec’s CEO & president Zettler stepping down at end of year
In-situ metrology system maker LayTec AG of Berlin, Germany says that, as part of an internal transition that has been ongoing for several months, co-founder Thomas Zettler is to step down as CEO & president at the end of this year. In alignment with a sustainable long-term plan for internal succession, Volker Blank and Kolja Haberland will join the management board, effective 1 January.
Designated CEO Blank has been working for LayTec since 2012. As co-founder, Haberland has been with LayTec since 1999 and will continue as chief technology officer. Both are familiar not only with the team but also with the needs of the markets and customers. With Blank and Haberland building on what LayTec has already achieved, the firm is confident that it will further strengthen its market position. To support this process, Zettler will continue working for LayTec in an advisory role as vice president, strategic business development.
Blank holds a diploma in physics from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, where he worked on spectroscopy applications of ultra-broadband THz pulses. Since 2012, he has been responsible at LayTec for sales in Taiwan and China and later in USA/Canada as well. In 2018, Blank was appointed as director of marketing & sales. He will continue heading LayTec’s Sales & Marketing department as part of his CEO duties.
Haberland studied physics at the Technical University of Berlin, where in 2003 he obtained a PhD for his work on ‘optical in-situ monitoring during epitaxial growth’ - LayTec’s major field of application for many years. As co-founder he has been with LayTec from the very beginning and been working in several responsible positions. Haberland, in addition to his duties in the management board as CTO, will also remain head of R&D.