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congatec Appoints Dr. Dirk Haft as New CEO

Embedded and edge computing technology provider congatec has announced its new leadership team, with Dr. Dirk Haft taking over as the new CEO and Daniel Jürgens because the new CFO.

Gerhard Edi, previously CTO, will assume the newly created position of CSO (Chief Strategy Officer). Konrad Garhammer, previously Worldwide Director of Engineering, will proceed to the positioning of CTO. The purpose of the brand new top management team would be to accelerate internationalization, make the logistics even more reliable and efficient, and generate further development in new markets for example functional safety and demanding infrastructures, which require congatec to build up new competencies both in software and manufacturing.

Dr. Haft brings a wealth of leadership experience to take congatec to a new degree of growth in the embedded and edge computing markets. Jürgens adds international M&A and private equity experience to the updated congatec management team. Edi, a congatec co-founder along with a veteran of the embedded computing industry, will be accountable for the near future technology and product strategy as CSO and also drive growth of strategic partnerships with technology suppliers, partners and customers.

Bringing more than 20 years of experience in primary technology companies, Dr. Haft looks toward his new position.

\”It is an honor to become the CEO of these an innovative high-tech company. congatec includes a clear focus, direction and mission in a dynamic and growing market. My task now's to recognize and coordinate internal and external growth opportunities, with the goal to carry on elevating congatec's status like a global player in embedded computer technologies. With Gerhard Edi as CSO, Konrad Garhammer as CTO, Daniel Jürgens as CFO and Thomas Schultze as COO, I am very fortunate to have such strong and experienced partners in the executive board who complement my skills and will support me in driving our growth strategies,\” he said.

Dr. Haft comes to congatec from his roles as board person in Wittenstein SE and as CEO of attocube systems AG. He holds a PhD in Physics from LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit\”at München).

Jürgens joins congatec from his previous position as CFO at VIA optronics AG. On the basis of this experience, Jürgens also sees strong growth potential for congatec.

“congatec is definitely an iconic company in the embedded computing segment and already well positioned for growth,” said Jürgens. “I’ll be bringing my M&A and equity experience plus my very own motivation towards the table to accelerate the development and success of congatec.”

The new CTO, Garhammer, joined congatec in 2022 from what is now Saab Sensor Systems Germany. Underneath the leadership of Edi, he expanded the global development team to over 100 employees in his role as Worldwide Director of Engineering, drove technological development, introduced agile workflows and led they as Edi's right-hand.

\”I am extremely pleased to have been entrusted to take on full responsibility for this team and appear toward expanding our performance further,\” said Garhammer.

Jürgens were only available in September 2022, while Dr. Haft used his new role on November 1. Edi and Garhammer assumed their new positions on December 15. The outgoing CEO Jason Carlson and CFO Josef Wenzl will offer the new management team as Senior Advisors to facilitate a smooth transition.