• New Chairman to Spearhead Developments at SPECTARIS
    From left to right: Amily Guo, Dr Bernhard Ohnesorge and Mirjam Rösch. (Credit: Spectaris)

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New Chairman to Spearhead Developments at SPECTARIS

Oct 26 2023

Dr Bernhard Ohnesorge, managing director of Carl Zeiss Jena, was elected as the new Chairman of the German Industry Association SPECTARIS, during its Annual General Meeting in Berlin, September 11. He succeeds Ulrich Krauss, former CEO of Analytik Jena.

Mirjam Rösch, commercial director DACH and managing director at Hoya Lens Germany and chair of consumer optics (ophthalmic optics) at SPECTARIS, was elected as Deputy Chair. In addition, Amily Guo (Drägerwerk) was elected as the new chairwoman of the Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein regional group. She succeeds Inga Kuhls (also Dräger).

Ohnesorge summarised his priorities for the future work of the association: “We need better political conditions and to this end we must continue to expand our lobbying work in times of excessive regulation. Our member companies need to be supported above all in recruiting skilled workers and in doing business globally under geopolitical risks.”

The network across the four SPECTARIS industries - Consumer Optics, Photonics, Medical Technology and Analytical, Bio and Laboratory Technology are also to be further strengthened, with Ohnesorge relinquishing his former role as Head of Photonics, in order to devote himself fully to his new role as chairman.

For the first time, the association bundled its annual industry days, the evening annual reception and the general meeting into a SPECTARIS future festival held on Sept 11, where a new medical technology competence network, supported by ten renowned management consultancies with different consulting focuses and medical technology was launched.

“Skilled labour shortages, investment backlogs, digitalisation and ever-increasing regulatory requirements: the medical technology industry is undergoing unprecedented change. Current standard recipes for overcoming these challenges are no longer sufficient to remain internationally competitive. In order not to lose orientation in everyday company life, it is crucial to benefit from the success recipes of the best,” emphasised SPECTARIS managing director Jörg Mayer. “For this reason we launched the competence network. Our members receive aggregated top knowledge for their decisions. 'Learn from the best' is the motto of our new network.”

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