Just a month ago, I revealed my immediate short-term goals for the future of MAXON and Cinema 4D. Today, I am pleased to announce the first major step forward in my efforts to make MAXON a truly globally-focused, worldwide organization – the appointment of MAXON’s new executive leadership team.
Each are valued members of the MAXON team. Most are well known in the Cinema 4D community and all of them have been instrumental in the company’s many successes. These executives in their new roles will streamline oversight of these focal points to best serve our global customers and partners and maintain Cinema 4D’s standing as a market leader in 3D content creation.
Philip Losch, Chief Technology Architect: Philip is one of the creative forces behind Cinema 4D, which he invented back in 1989 together with his brother, Christian. In his new role as chief technology architect he will guide, direct and drive all technical aspects of development.
Oliver Meiseberg, Chief Product Officer: Oliver joined MAXON in 2011 after working for leading German broadcasters and media production houses. He has a keen understanding of the needs of artists in a post-production environment and is focused on making sure MAXON products are shaped with a customer-centric emphasis. Though he works on various areas of the business, he is ultimately responsible for all aspects of product and potential M&A activities.
Paul Babb, Head of Worldwide Marketing: In 1998, Paul founded the US office for MAXON and introduced Cinema 4D to the North and South American markets. His strategic planning and marketing expertise are widely credited for taking Cinema 4D from a virtual unknown to one of the most widely-used 3D products for digital content creation and the leader in 3D motion graphics. In his new role as head of worldwide Marketing, he will expand his focus to serve and support the global Cinema 4D community.
Friederike Bruckert, Head of Worldwide Sales: As VP of international sales and marketing, Friederike has successfully expanded MAXON's distribution chain and delivered significant year-over-year growth, including more than 20% in EMEA and Asia Pacific. She is known for her passionate customer focus and great understanding of local markets. In her new role, Friederike is responsible for managing the company's worldwide sales team and sales partner network.
Gesa Häfner, Head of Human Resources and Legal: Gesa joined MAXON in 2014 with more than 12 years of professional experience in the HR sector and as corporate lawyer. She is responsible for worldwide HR, Legal and employee experience. Gesa is leading the staffing and hiring needs of the company through this exciting time of globalization and considerable expansion of the MAXON family.
Karsten Jancke, Director of Software Engineering: Karsten is passionate about and has been working in software development for over 20 years. He started his career as a part-time developer while finishing his master’s degree in electrical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He joined IBM in 2001, first as a developer and ultimately as software development manager. In 2015, he joined MAXON as Director of Engineering.
Dieter Bothof, Director of IT: Dieter began his career at MAXON in 2010 as IT Director, responsible for technological infrastructure in Germany. He is thrilled to take on the challenge and bring his knowledge of more than 20 years to the global needs of all MAXON offices worldwide.
These talented and dedicated executives have made significant contributions to MAXON, and I sincerely thank them for their leadership, particularly during this transition process. And while these appointments represent a new global focus, MAXON will continue to operate as the customer-friendly company our customers have come to expect.