An introduction to the senior management

Peter R. Manolopoulos
Member of the Schunk Group senior management (COO)

Peter R. Manolopoulos was born in Wuppertal, Germany in 1969. After studying business economics at the University of Münster (WWU), he initially worked for a management consultancy before moving to Babcock Borsig AG in 2000.

From 2002 onward, Mr. Manolopoulos occupied several executive positions with the GEA Group AG, a globally active German machinery and system manufacturer, where his final position was managing director of GEA Energietechnik GmbH.

In 2011, he became director of operative business at Roth & Rau AG, a leading machinery and system manufacturer in the solar industry.

Since 2013, Mr. Manolopoulos has been a member of the senior management of the Schunk Group and responsible for the Weiss Group and Schunk Sonosystems divisions within the company management.

Peter Kuisle
Managing Director of Sales and Service
Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH
Vötsch Industrietechnik GmbH

Peter Kuisle was born in Mindelheim in the Unterallgäu region of Southern Germany in 1960. During his studies at Stuttgart Media University, he went on an eight-month practical placement in Japan. After graduating as an industrial engineer, he worked as a project manager at Eurografica Exportförderungs-GmbH – first in Munich and later in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Upon his return to Munich in 1991, he became the Managing Director of Eurografica Systemplanungs-GmbH after the company was bought by MAN Roland AG. In 1998, Peter Kuisle took up a new position as the Worldwide Head of Sales of the MAN Roland Group in Augsburg. From 2000 onwards, he also had a number of management positions at the MAN Roland Group, a leading manufacturer of printing machines.

From 2012 to 2013, he was a member of the Board of Management and was responsible for Sales, Service and Marketing at the newly founded company manroland web systems GmbH.

Since 2013, Peter Kuisle has been Managing Director of the area of Sales and Service for the Environmental Simulation Business Unit at Weiss Technik. Alongside environmental simulation, this BU also includes the area of heating technology.

Dirk van Manen
Managing Director of Sales and Service
Weiss Klimatechnik GmbH

Dirk van Manen was born 1965 in Veenendaal (Netherlands). After completion of a technical education in electrical engineering he studied several degree programmes in air-treatment, electronics and management. During this period he gained professional experience at Lennox - first as Sales Manager and later as Service Manager. In 2003 he joined Emerson Network Power as BU-Manager Air Solutions and in 2006 he established the Benelux office for Ziehl-Abegg and was appointed as Managing Director.
During 2012 he moved to the Schunk Group as Director of Weiss Technik Nederland. Since 2017 Dirk van Manen is Managing Director of the divisions sales and service of the Business Unit Air Solution of the Weiss Technik company.

Bernd Weber
Managing Director Weiss Pharmatechnik GmbH

Bernd Weber was born in 1968 in Marburg, Hessen. After studying energy and heat technology at Gießen technical university he first worked as a development engineer, before taking on the role of IT manager at Weiss Klimatechnik GmbH in 1998.
From 2005 onwards he was responsible for the Automation Center before moving to Weiss GWE GmbH in Hude in 2006 to work as a works manager and authorised officer.

Since 2009 Bernd Weber has been the Managing Director of GWE GmbH in Hude, which was renamed Weiss Pharmatechnik GmbH in 2015.
He is therefore responsible for the Pharmaceuticals division within the Weiss Technik group of companies.

Miroslav Horvat

Managing Director Sales and ServiceWeiss Pharmatechnik GmbH

Miroslav Horvat was born in Nasice, Croatia in 1973. After completing a traineeship as an industrial management assistant, he served as an area sales manager for Bausch & Ströbel, a renowned manufacturer of cleaning, sterilization, filling and sealing systems for the pharmaceutical industry, followed by a stay abroad in the United States.

In 2004, Mr. Horvat accepted a position with Optima Group Pharma, where he also served as an area sales manager. Optima Group Pharma is a manufacturer of cleaning, sterilization, filling, freeze drying, sealing and packaging systems for the pharmaceutical industry.

When Mr. Horvat first joined Robert Bosch GmbH in 2009, he initially was a regional sales manager for Bosch Packaging Technology’s business unit Pharma Liquid based in Crailsheim, Germany. In late 2012, he took on the responsibility of being “Technical & Commercial Responsible and Sales Director EMEA” for Bosch Inspection Technology GmbH in Cologne, Germany. More recently, he served as sales manager for Robert Bosch GmbH’s business unit Liquid Foods in Waiblingen, Germany.

As of late 2017, Miroslav Horvat has been appointed Managing Director Sales & Service at Weiss Pharmatechnik GmbH.