“The Zumtobel Group is gearing up for the new era in the lighting industry with the focus on smart connectivity between the lighting infrastructure and the Internet, opening up whole new opportunities for our customers. We see great potential for the Zumtobel Group in the field of connected lighting and are engaged in systematically expanding our expertise in the areas of software, connectivity and the Internet of Things. As a lighting group, we benefit here above all from our expert knowledge of lighting solutions combined with the expertise in smart lighting components that our Tridonic brand brings to the table. On the sales side we have chosen to adopt a multi-brand approach with our lighting brands Thorn, Zumtobel, acdc and Reiss. This leaves us ideally placed to offer our customers a comprehensive range of products and services. We aspire to deliver solutions and services that go way beyond conventional lighting. In the future, light will be a more exciting topic than ever and the Zumtobel Group will be a driving force in this new world of light.”
Ulrich Schumacher was appointed CEO of Zumtobel Group AG as of 1 October 2013. His term of office as CEO extends to 30 April 2017. The contract has been extended prematurely until 30 April 2020.
Ulrich Schumacher was born in Bergisch Gladbach (Germany) in 1958 and studied electrical engineering and business administration. He joined Siemens in 1986, where he was responsible for the semi-conductor business starting in 1996. In 1998 he was appointed to the managing board of Siemens AG. Schumacher managed the initial public offering of a spin-off in 2000, which was subsequently renamed Infineon Technologies AG. After his departure in 2004 – Infineon had since become the world’s fourth largest semi-conductor producer – he joined Francisco Partners, a US private equity firm in the technology sector, as a partner. There he was responsible, among others, for the creation of Numonyx, a joint venture between Intel and STMicroelectronics with revenues of US$ 3 billion. From 2007 to 2011 Ulrich Schumacher served as CEO of Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, a partly state-owned Chinese company with headquarters in Shanghai, where he successfully managed the turnaround. Since 2011 he has held positions on a number of supervisory boards and consulted for technology companies.
Additional functions or inter-company relations outside the Zumtobel Group: member of the supervisory board of ASM International N.V., Almere (Netherlands) since May 2008, chairman of the supervisory board of PACT XPP Technologies AG, Munich (Germany) since 31 August 2012.