ARRI has appointed Dr. Matthias Erb to serve as Chairman of its Executive Board, it was announced this past week by the film technology company’s Supervisory Board. With Erb’s addition, the Executive Board will once again consist of three members, as it did in 2019.
In addition to his Chairman duties, Dr. Erb will be responsible for the strategic alignment of the business along with the Finance, HR, Legal, and Quality Management departments. Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser will continue to focus on operations and technology, while Markus Zeiler will continue to oversee business and sales.
The new configuration will ensure that the members of the Executive Board can focus even more intensively on their respective areas while facilitating the further development of technologies and business models.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Bullinger, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at ARRI, explains: “ARRI has already taken successful steps in the transformation from the analog to the digital age and has achieved record sales in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic. However, virtualization in our target markets will continue to advance and bring about changes to which we must adapt and, as market leaders, want to help shape proactively. Therefore, we will continue to work intensively on the future alignment of the company. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I wish Dr. Matthias Erb a good start and great success with these complex and diverse challenges.”
“I am very much looking forward to these exciting tasks, which I will be able to take on at this great company and in one of the most interesting industries. My goal is to position ARRI for the future just as excellently as it has been positioned for most of its over 100-year history,” added Dr. Erb, who spent nearly 20 years in the automotive industry prior to joining ARRI.
From 2014 to 2018, the mechanical engineer and economist — who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering — was with the Volkswagen Group of America, initially as Executive Vice President of Engineering & Planning, and since 2016, as Chief Engineering Officer responsible for the North American region. Most recently, since 2018, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Holistic User Experience at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. Previously, he held various management positions at Volkswagen and Audi, among others, in Europe and abroad.
In other ARRI news this week, the company announced it was expanding the accessory range for the Orbiter LED luminaire to include the Orbiter Docking Ring and three additional tools — the Orbiter Bag-o-Light, the Orbiter Glass Cover, and the Orbiter Dome Mini — that can be mounted effortlessly as an alternative to existing optics into the Quick Lighting Mount system, making it even more versatile.
Headquartered in Germany, ARRI has been a global player within the motion picture industry since 1917, employing around 1,200 staff worldwide. The ARRI Group consists of the business units Camera Systems, Lighting, and Rental, all dedicated to connecting creativity and future technologies for moving images.
ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems as well as system solutions for the film, broadcast, and media industries, with a worldwide distribution and service network. The portfolio includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lamp heads, and lighting accessories. Along with offering exclusive technologies, ARRI Rental’s first-class services and equipment provide camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions around the world.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.
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