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Executive Committee

Alex Waser, CEO

Alex Waser

CEO
  • Committee Membership Board of Directors of Reishauer Beteiligungen AG, Wallisellen.
  • Education Automobile Engineer HTL, MBA
  • Year of birth 1967
  • Joined in 2013
  • Nationality Swiss
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From 2010 until joining Bystronic, Alex Waser managed the majority of European markets for Ecolab, a US provider of systems solutions for the food industry, working from Ecolab’s European headquarters at Ecolab Europe GmbH, Wallisellen. Between 1994 and 2010, he worked for the SPX Group, a company that offers workshop equipment and diagnostic systems for the automotive industry worldwide. During this time, he performed a number of management functions in Europe and in the United States, including most recently as President of Service Solutions responsible for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions at SPX Europe GmbH, Hainburg, Germany. Since 2023, Alex Waser is member of the Board of Directors of Reishauer Beteiligungen AG, Wallisellen.
Beat Neukom, CFO

Beat Neukom

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Education Business economist HWV / Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Year of birth 1970
  • Joined in 2021
  • Nationality Swiss
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Beat Neukom joined Bystronic as Chief Financial Officer in May 2021, also taking over the responsibility for the global IT organization in January 2022. Prior to joining Bystronic, he worked for the Merz Pharma Group, Germany, where he was group CFO from 2014 to 2021, responsible for finance, IT, and strategic sourcing. In addition, he was responsible for Merz Pharma’s commercial operations in Latin America. Previously, Beat Neukom was CFO of two start-up companies in the life sciences industry, one of which he co-founded. From 1997 to 2008, he worked for the medical technology company Johnson & Johnson in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the US.
Eamon Doherty, Chief Service Officer (CSO)

Eamon Doherty

President EMEA Region ad interim; Chief Service Officer (CSO)
  • Joined in 2016
  • Nationality Irish
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Eamon Doherty assumed the role of Chief Service Officer with responsibility for the Services business unit on January 1, 2021, and has been the interim head of the EMEA region since April 1, 2024. These roles cover commercial aspects including customer satisfaction and improvements across all technologies. Joining Bystronic in 2016, he took over the responsibility for commercial excellence, supporting the organization on its journey towards world-class service. From 1994 to 2016, he worked for Ecolab Inc., a global organization that develops and offers services, technology, and systems for the chemical industry. During this time, he held various management positions, most recently as Vice President of North & Western Europe.
Alberto Martinez, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and Head of Competence Center Software Services

Alberto Martinez

Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Head of Competence Center Software Services, and Market Leadership Australia
  • Joined in 2018
  • Nationality Spanish
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Alberto Martinez has been leading the Competence Center Software Services since September 2018 and the Solutions Center since August 2020. Since April 2024, he has also been responsible for the Australian market. From August 2020 until December 2021 he also headed the global IT department. Prior to joining Bystronic, Alberto Martinez worked as a software engineer for Lantek, from 1999 as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and from 2004 to 2018 as CEO. He has profound knowledge of the sheet metal processing industry and more than 25 years of experience in the field of software. Effective as of January 1, 2022, Alberto Martinez was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee.
John-Paul Surdo

John-Paul Surdo

President Americas Region
  • Education Master of Business Administration, MBA
  • Year of birth 1984
  • Joined in 2023
  • Nationality US American
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John-Paul Surdo is responsible for the Market Region Americas. In this position, he is responsible for the sales and service subsidiaries as well as the manufacturing subsidiary in the North and South American market. He joined Bystronic in June 2023 and took over as President Americas Region in October 2023.

Prior to joining Bystronic, John-Paul Surdo worked in multiple functions at NCH Corporation, a leading global marketer of industrial maintenance products in London and has more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and management.
Norbert Seo, President Asia Pacific und Australia Region

Norbert Seo

President Asia Pacific and Australia Region
  • Education Master’s degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Year of birth 1964
  • Joined in 2015
  • Nationality German
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Norbert Seo joined Bystronic in January 2015 as Senior Vice President of Market Division Asia & Australia. He is responsible for the expansion of Bystronic’s activities in the Asia and Pacific region with the objective of increasing Bystronic’s customer proximity in Asia and increasing the expertise of the sales and service organization in the region. Prior to joining Bystronic, he was President of FFG Asia Pacific. Norbert Seo has 24 years of experience in the machine tools sector and held various management positions in Asia with Hwacheon and DMG.
Dr. Song You, President China Region

Dr Song You

President China and APAC Region*; *excluding Korea and Australia
  • Joined in 2016
  • Nationality Chinese
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Dr. Song You joined Bystronic in March 2016 as Representative Director and President of Bystronic China. Since April 2024, he has been responsible for the APAC region (excluding Korea and Australia). Since then, his responsibilities have included sales, services, marketing, R&D, strategic development, and production in China. Prior to joining Bystronic, Dr. Song You held various management positions with the Delphi Corporation and the SPX Corporation in the USA and China, most recently as Vice President of the SPX Corporation in charge of the Asia Pacific region. He has a track record with responsibilities ranging from R&D to operations and general management functions.

Extended Executive Committee

Dr. Christoph Rüttimann, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Dr. Christoph Rüttimann

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Market Leadership South Korea
  • Joined in 2017
  • Nationality Swiss
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Dr. Christoph Rüttimann has been Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since November 2017 and responsible for the Korean market region since April 2024. In this position, he is responsible for the group’s research & development and innovation activities. Prior to joining Bystronic, he held several positions as Head of Customer Application and as Head of Research & Development, most recently with TRUMPF Laser Marking Systems. With more than 15 years of experience, Christoph Rüttimann has excellent knowledge of industrial engineering and technology management. He is also a member and, since January 1, 2022, Vice President of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency.
Nicole Progin, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Nicole Progin

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
  • Joined in 2013
  • Nationality Swiss
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Nicole Progin was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer in May 2013. In this position, she is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Prior to joining Bystronic, she held various senior HR positions in industries such as logistics automation, healthcare, and IT, most recently as Head of HR in charge of Switzerland and EMEA at Swisslog AG in Buchs, Switzerland. She has more than 20 years of experience in strategic and operational human resources management.
Marco Vinanti, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Marco Vinanti

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Joined in 2010
  • Nationality Swiss
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Marco Vinanti has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) since January 2021. He is responsible for all production plants worldwide including the Shared Service Center. Previously, he was in charge of Bystronic Laser AG and responsible for the Competence Center Cutting since 2015. He joined the company in 2010 as Head of Production. Prior to this, he held various senior positions in the power tools, medical devices, and mechanical engineering industries. His expertise covers all aspects of leadership relating to strategy, operations, business excellence, as well as project and product management.
Florian Wimmer, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Florian Wimmer

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
  • Joined in 2021
  • Nationality Austrian
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Florian Wimmer was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in January 2024. In this role, he is responsible for all global marketing activities related to products, services, software, and key account management, with the objective of boosting customer satisfaction and loyalty. He joined Bystronic in July 2021 as Chief Marketing Officer and has also assumed the role for Global Sales Operations since July 2023. Prior to joining Bystronic, he held various positions with Hilti AG in the United States, the UK, and Germany. He has extensive marketing and sales experience in the fields of product portfolio management, customer segmentation, price management, sales steering, and sales and marketing automation.
Michael Präger, Group Chief Communications and ESG Officer

Michael Präger

Group Chief Communications and ESG Officer
  • Joined in 2021
  • Nationality German
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Michael Präger, Group Chief Communications and ESG Officer, has been head of worldwide Corporate Communications, Brand Management, Marketing Communications, and Sustainability for the Bystronic Group since March 2021. Prior to joining Bystronic, he held leadership roles in communications and sustainability in the USA and in Europe, at companies such as Alcoa, Eaton Corp., and the packaging manufacturer Owens-Illinois. Within the field of ESG (Environment, Social & Governance), Michael Präger has recently advised customers around the world through his consulting firm, in the development and integration of ESG strategies.