Berry Smutny new CEO of OHB-System AG

Berry Smutny
Berry Smutny

Berry Smutny, 47, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of OHB-System AG in Bremen, effective July 1, 2009, according to an announcement made by OHB-System AG’s Supervisory Board.

As stated by Prof. Manfred Fuchs, CEO of OHB-System, AG, “We are gaining with Berry Smutny a very experienced manager and a proven expert in space technology, well known in Germany, Europe and the rest of world. He was very successful in his previous positions and is a major driver of space technology in Germany. He is a real gain for OHB and we look forward to working with him.”

Berry Smutny, a graduate physicist, is coming to OHB from Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG in Backnang, where he has been CEO & President since April 2003. Prior to this, he was sales manager and then managing director of Bosch-SatCom until the company was renamed Tesat-Spacecom after being sold to Astrium GmbH in October 2001. Berry Smutny has been working in the space industry for more than 20 years and is a key innovator of laser communication and new technologies in the field of commercial satellite communication.

Berry Smutny will be taking over from Prof. Manfred Fuchs, who will become Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OHB-System AG. Independently, Manfred Fuchs will retain his position on the Management Board of the parent company OHB Technology.

In addition of being CEO, Smutny will take the position of the Chief Technology Officer at OHB-System AG from Dr. Fritz Merkle, who will now in the Management Board be responsible for marketing, sales and predevelopment.

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