Management team

Thomas Erath

act. Chief Executive Officer and CFO

As CFO, Thomas Erath is responsible for Finance and all related matters at Tridonic. He has extensive experience in finance, balancing and corporate governance. In 2001, he joined the Zumtobel Group where he spent in total thirteen years in various leading management roles. After having served as CFO in the textile and automotive industry, he returned to Tridonic’s management team as CFO/Vice President Finance & Controlling in May 2018. Thomas Erath graduated in business administration at the Vienna University of Economics, and is a CPA and tax advisor.

Alexander Jankovsky

Chief Operating Officer

Alexander Jankovsky has more than 20 years of experience in the field of IT and supply chain management. He joined the Tridonic management team in 2013 after having held various positions at Tridonic since 1997. First joining as an SAP Process Consultant, he moved on to Supply Chain Manager and leading positions in the global supply chain management team. In 2012 he became Director Global Supply Chain Planning & Logistics. He is responsible for Tridonic’s Global Supply Chain. Alexander Jankovsky holds a degree in Information Technology & Business Sciences from the University of Liechtenstein.

Miro Ardan

Senior Vice President Global Purchasing

Miro Ardan joined Tridonic as Representative Head of Purchasing in 1994. From 1994 to 2014, he held various leading positions in Tridonic’s purchasing department, including Head of Operative Supply Management, Global Strategic Purchasing Manager and Global Purchasing Director. In 2014, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President Global Purchasing for the entire Zumtobel Group, with responsibility for all procurement processes. He retains this position of responsibility, driving all purchasing activities at Tridonic and leveraging his in-depth know-how to achieve a consistent purchasing strategy across the company.

Jörg Kessler

Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing

Jörg Kessler can look back on more than 25 years of relevant international experience in sales and business management. He began his career with Siemens immediately after completing his studies in laser technology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Among other things, he worked for Siemens in Singapore from 2005 to 2007 and strengthened the sales and services sector there as Senior Vice President. He then held various sales positions at Nokia Siemens Networks and Siemens. From October 2014 to 2017 he was the CEO for the LPD (Low Pressure Discharge Lamps) division at Osram/LEDvance. Jörg Kessler joined Tridonic in November 2017 and is responsible for defining the international sales and go-to-market strategy, working closely with customers and partners around the globe.

Thomas Oelz

Vice President Product Management

Thomas Oelz joined the management team in May 2016 after having held various positions at Tridonic since March 2006. He graduated in electronics at the university of applied sciences NTB in Switzerland in 2005 and worked in Research & Development for seven years. In the following three years he created the product strategy and segment roadmap of the Segment Retail & Hospitality. In his new role he is responsible for the overall global product strategy and worldwide business development.

Walter Michelberger

Senior Director Quality & Business Excellence

Walter Michelberger has been responsible for the global quality strategy and quality-related processes at Tridonic since November 2015. Between 2002 and 2015 he held various positions at Zumtobel Group for different brands. His responsibilities ranged from quality management, technology strategy, project management in global operations to business excellence. After finishing his university studies in Chemistry and earning his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Ulm, he worked at CRS Lichtformtechnik GmbH for 8 years until joining the Zumtobel Group.

Linda Watzke

Senior Director Human Resources

As Senior Director Human Resources, Linda Watzke has been a member of the Tridonic management team since April 2018. She holds a diploma degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and has more than 13 years of experience in the field of human resources. Having served as Human Resources Manager for a large company in the automotive sector, she joined the Zumtobel Group as Human Resources Business Partner in 2012. Since 2017, she has held the position of Director Human Resources and is now in charge of the Tridonic HR department along with all human resources activities at Tridonic.

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