He succeeds Professor Jörg Fuhrmann, chair of steel maker Salzgitter AG.
Oliver Zipse, chair of the board of management at BMW AG, has been re-elected as deputy alongside Kerstin Grosse, managing director of Derossi Invest GmbH, taking over from Professor Birgit Spanner-Ulmer.
The new appointees will hold their roles for three years from January 2023.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude to Professor Fuhrmann, Professor Spanner-Ulmer and Mr Zipse for their many years of faithful service,” said Professor Reimund Neugebauer, president of Fraunhofer. “Together, we have managed to advance the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s work and set a course for a sustainable, thriving future. […] As a team, I believe we have what it takes to develop and strengthen the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s capabilities and what it contributes to keeping the German and European economies competitive.”
A new president will be elected in May 2023, according to the technology institute.