Media Release published December 6, 2018
Comet Group’s Board of Directors nominates Christoph Kutter as independent Chairman of the Board
The Board of Directors is convincedthat Christoph Kutter, with his international strategic and operational experience in the semiconductor industry, his broad understanding of technology and his expertise in components, systems and software, is very well qualified to successfully lead Comet into the future as its Chairmanand to add value to the company.
“Business acumen, market knowledge, a deep understanding of customers, and experience in the development of sustainable strategies and innovative solutions are essential to the expansion of the Comet Group’s technology leadership and its future market success. In Christoph Kutter we have found an outstanding personality who, thanks to his technological expertise and profound knowledge of customer needs, combined with his independent perspective, is able to provide important impetus for the further strategic development of the Comet Group,” says Rolf Huber, Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
“In my proposed role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, I am excited to lead Comet forward together with the Board and ExecutiveCommittee on the long-term, profitable growth trajectory that the Group has embarked upon, and thus to generate sustained value for the shareholders,” says Christoph Kutter.
Professor Kutter, PhD, aged 54, is a physicist and German national. Since 2012 he has been the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies (EMFT) in Munich, as well as Professor for Polytronic Systems at Bundeswehr University Munich, university of the German Armed Forces. Christoph Kutter is alsomember ofthe supervisory board of First Sensor AG, a company listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange that is a leading supplierof sensor technology. In addition, for the past several years,he has been member of the supervisory boards and advisory boards of various public institutions in Germany.
Christoph Kutter’s 17-year career in the semiconductor industry began with his work as a process development engineer at Siemens Semiconductors, which later became Infineon Technologies AG. As Senior Vice President of Product and System Development, Communication Business Group, from 2004 to 2009 he headed the development unit for wireless and wired products with more than 2,500 hardware and software development engineers in 20 design centers worldwide and playeda key role in the turnaround of the Communications business.
During his career to date, Christoph Kutter has held a variety of leadership positions in research and development, including those of Senior Vice President of Infineon Corporate Research and Corporate Vice President for R&D Excellence.
Provided he is elected, on April 25, 2019, Christoph Kutter will succeed Hans Hess as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Hans Hess has been a member of the Board of Comet Holding AG since 2005 and its Chairman since 2007. As announced in February 2018, he will not stand for re-election at the 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting.