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KUKA strengthens the international an innovative capacity of its division on a personnel level

Augsburg, February 2, 2015. KUKA AG has made changes to the personnel in its divisions, strengthening the company’s international and innovative capacity.

2 February 2015

Stefan Lampa will become CEO of KUKA Roboter GmbH and will lead KUKA Robotics division with effect from 1 February 2015. He has been in the robotics business for over 25 years. Positions in Europe, Asia, Central America and North America have given him international experience in all of KUKA’s most important automation markets. Lampa last served as Global Head for Robots & Applications at ABB.

Dr. Christian Schlögel will be taking on the roles of CTO for Research and Development at KUKA Roboter GmbH and Chief Technology Manager (CTO) at KUKA AG as of 1 February 2015. Before joining KUKA, Schlögel was Global Head of Software Development at Wincor Nixdorf. With over 20 years of experience gained from positions at SAP and Wincor Nixdorf, he will provide fresh impetus in increasingly important software-related fields.

Manfred Gundel will be taking on responsibility for Operations Management and for the Global Customer Services Division on corporate level. As Managing Director of KUKA Robotics he brings to his new role more than 25 years of corporate experience at KUKA.

As Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), Dr. Bernd Liepert will now be responsible for expanding innovations at KUKA. For over 25 years, he has provided decisive momentum at KUKA in his various management capacities as CTO, CEO and Head of Development. He can now apply this experience to his new position at the interface between technolgy and the market.

Since its market appearance on 1 January 2015, the newly-created KUKA Industries, a merger of the former Reis Group and the KUKA Systems Technology Solutions team, has been under the leadership of Alwin Berninger, spokesperson for the Board of Management. Dr. Eberhard Kroth, former spokesperson for the Board of Management of Reis Group Holding, will be responsible for business specializing in cells in his capacity as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) on the KUKA Industries Board of Management.

“KUKA has gone through major changes. Acquisitions and new technologies have strengthened the international orientation and innovative capacity of our company. We also want this to be reflected in our personnel,” says Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG, of the new management lineup. “In Stefan Lampa and Dr. Christian Schlögel, we have brought on board two managers with international experience who mesh well with the existing KUKA team. I am looking forward to working with them.”


KUKA Aktiengesellschaft is an internationally active group with sales of around 1.8 billion euro and a current workforce of approx. 8,000 worldwide. The company focuses on the robotic automation of production processes and is one of the world’s leading suppliers of robot technology and systems engineering. The business model is based on the planning and construction of automated production facilities in the Systems division and the supply of industrial robots, the core component for automation, in the Robotics division. The holding company and the two divisions are based in Augsburg. Around 50 subsidiaries operate internationally for the automotive industry and in general industry.