The Carl Zeiss group has made several changes to the top management of its Vision Care business group, which has turned around under the helm of Raymund Heinen, making again a profit. Heinen, who has been with the group for the last eight years, and Ulrich Krauss, who has worked for it for more than 20 years, running the North American vision care operations lately, are both leaving Zeiss at their own request.
Zeiss has announced a new management board for its Vision Care unit. It will be headed by Matthias Metz, who joined the group's executive board in June from another German company, Fackelmann, where he served most recently as chief sales and marketing officer. Described as an executive with many years of experience in international management, particularly in North America, Europe and China, he previously worked for many years with McKinsey and Zwilling J.A. Henckels.
Also new on the management board of Carl Zeiss Vision Care (CZVC) is Marc Wawerla, who has been named chief operations officer. After working in supply chain management, he joined the Boston Consulting Group in 2008. He acted as an assistant to Michael Kaschke between 2010 and 2012, while he served as chief financial officer of the Zeiss group. After working as divisional manager in the Vision Care unit in India, he took care of another business unit of the group that covers dispensing tools and instruments + magnifying visual devices.
Sven Hermann will remain in the management board of CZVC, where he has had the double function of chief financial officer and chief marketing officer since last year. He has been with Zeiss since 2005, after working for Ernst & Young. From now on, he will fill the role of chief marketing and sales officer. One of his collaborators, Paul Bilsdorfer has been named senior vice president of finance for CZVC. Another Zeiss man, Timo Mappes, has been appointed senior vice president responsible for innovation. He was most recently director of microscopic imaging in Zeiss' corporate research and technology area.
Finally, Jens Boy will take over responsibility for CZVC's North American business from Krauss. After many stations, mostly in the medical field, Boy worked for Zimmer Dental from 2008 until last March, taking charge first of sales and marketing in Europe and then of global sales.
The new team took office on Aug. 1. Denying recent rumors, a spokesman insisted that the Vision Care business is not for sale.