Christian Thönes (49) is Chairman of the Executive Board since 15 April 2016. The business graduate has been a member of the Executive Board since January 2012 and headed the product development, production and technology areas. He joined the group in 1998 and built up Advanced Technologies (ULTRASONIC and LASERTEC). From 2009 to 2011, Christian Thönes was managing director of DECKEL MAHO Pfronten GmbH. Thönes is responsible for product development, sales and services, procurement, corporate communications, personnel, legal and audit.