Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Stefan Schneidewind joined the company in April 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to working with Freiberger, he held various managerial positions in the Suss MicroTec Group, a leading supplier of semiconductor equipment. Dr. Schneidewind has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry.
After starting in R&D, he moved into management and held several positions in the US and in Germany providing him with deep insight into the global nature of the semiconductor industry. He graduated from Dresden Technical University with a M.S. in electrical engineering, and received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Micro-systems Technology in Dresden.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Michael Harz has served as our Chief Operating Officer since October 2011. Dr. Harz graduated from Dresden Technical University in 1992, with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1996 he received his Ph.D. in micro system technology from the same University in the Institute for Semiconductor and Microsystem Engineering.
He started his professional career as an R&D engineer at the Helmholtz Research Dresden Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research. Before joining Freiberger, he held various managerial positions in the Suss MicroTec Group for 15 years such as product management, sales & marketing and business development. Dr. Harz gained significant experiences and relations in the global semiconductor industry.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Stefan Eichler joined us in 1999 as a research engineer. He was promoted to the head of fundamental research in 2002, and was subsequently appointed Technical Director in April 2007. He became Chief Technology Officer in November 2011. Dr. Eichler studied physics at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (1989-1994) with special focus on solid state physics and numerical mathematics. In 1998, he earned his Ph. D. also from the University Halle-Wittenberg.
Dr. Eichler’s thesis dealt with the defect determining properties of crystals. He has over 10 years experience in the field of GaAs crystal growth and wafering, and is the author of numerous patents and scientific publications. Dr. Eichler also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Freiberg.