KNAUER appoints Alexander Bünz as new Managing Director
Dr. Ing. Alexander Bünz has been appointed to fill the position vacated by departing Managing Director Bernward Rittgerodt, effective January 1, 2007. Mr Rittgerodt was employed by KNAUER for more than 10 years, first as Manager of the Sales Department and then as Co-Managing Director as of 1998. Based in the Zehlendorf district of Berlin, KNAUER develops, manufactures and markets laboratory instrumentation (HPLC systems and osmometers) worldwide.
Mr. Rittgerodt will voluntarily give up his position at the end of the year to establish his own business. He will remain closely tied to KNAUER as he distributes KNAUER instruments in Bavaria.
Dr. Bünz completed his diploma and doctoral studies at TU Hamburg-Harburg where he graduated with a doctoral degree in chemical engineering. He also holds an executive MBA from the TSM Business School in Twente, Netherlands. As a postdoc, Dr. Bünz was involved in developing new separation media for DNA using capillary electrophoresis at the University of California, Berkeley.
At Degussa AG (formerly Hüls) in Marl, Germany, Dr. Bünz worked for 5 years as Group and Laboratory Leader for Physical Properties and Process Simulation, as well as Knowledge Manager.
Dr. Bünz then moved on for the next five years to work as the Managing Director of KRüSS in Hamburg, Germany, a medium-sized company, where he was responsible for the development, production and marketing of scientific instruments worldwide.
Dr. Bünz came to KNAUER in September 2006 and will officially join owner and CEO Alexandra Knauer as Managing Director on January 1, 2007.