Management and committees

Carl Zeiss AG Executive Board

Dr. Michael Kaschke

President & Chief Executive Officer and Labor Director

Responsible on the Executive Board for:

  • Microscopy
  • Industrial Metrology
  • Strategic Corporate Development
  • Corporate Communications
  • Corporate Human Resources
  • Corporate Legal & Patents
  • China, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, Latin America and South Africa


Dr. Hermann Gerlinger


Responsible on the Executive Board for:

  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (President and CEO of Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH)
  • Corporate Research & Technology
  • Corporate Security
  • South Korea and Taiwan


Dr. Ludwin Monz


Responsible on the Executive Board for:

  • Medical Technology (President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG)
  • Shared Production Unit
  • Corporate Quality Management
  • France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Turkey


Thomas Spitzenpfeil

Chief Financial Officer

Responsible on the Executive Board for:

  • Vision Care
  • Camera Lenses
  • Planetariums
  • Sports Optics
  • Corporate Finance & Controlling
  • Corporate Information Technology
  • Corporate Auditing & Risk Management
  • Consolidation & Accounting Center
  • Financial Services
  • Business Services & Infrastructure
  • Global Supply Chain
  • USA, Japan, and the Nordics, Benelux and Eastern Europe regions, as well as Austria and Switzerland


Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG

Members of the Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG consists of 16 members, half of whom are representatives of the sole shareholder – the Carl Zeiss Foundation – and the other half representatives of the workforce in accordance with the provisions of the German Codetermination Act.

Shareholder's representatives

Dr. Klaus Dieterich│Stuttgart

President, Corporate Sector for Research and Advance Engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Mathias Kammüller│Gerlingen

Managing Partner of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG

Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg│Hannover

CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sartorius AG, Göttingen

Dr. Dieter Kurz | Lindau

Chairman of the Shareholder Council of the Carl Zeiss Foundation

Prof. Jürgen Mlynek | Berlin

President of the Helmholtz Association of German National Research Centers

Dr. Lothar Steinebach | Leverkusen

Former Member of the Management Board of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf

Prof. Günter Stock│Berlin

President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

Dr. Eberhard Veit | Göppingen

Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen

Employee representative

Hariolf Abele│Aalen

Software Developer at Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH

Prof. Martin Allespach│Weinheim

Secretary for Key Issues and Social Policy on the Board of the IG Metall union

Dr. Michael Claus│Aalen

Works Council of Carl Zeiss AG

Roland Hamm│Aalen

First Authorized Representative of IG Metall union, Administration Office, Aalen

Dr. Joachim Heppner | Oberkochen

Chairman of the Works Council of Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH

Eva-Maria Menzel | Jena

Deputy Head of the Works Council at Jena site of Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH and Carl Zeiss AG

Wilhelm Ulrich | Aalen

Head of Optics department (Corporate Research & Technology) of Carl Zeiss AG

Manfred Wicht | Königsbronn

Chairman of the Carl Zeiss AG Employee Representative Council