Press Release

ZEISS opts for continuity

CEO Kaschke confirmed until 2020

24 July 2017

  • CEO Kaschke confirmed until 2020
  • Executive Board Members Monz and Metz will also continue
Oberkochen, Germany | 24 July 2017 | ZEISS Group

The Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG has decided to continue the appointment of
Dr. Michael Kaschke as President & CEO until 30 June 2020. Kaschke joined the ZEISS Group 25 years ago and has served on the Executive Board since 2000. He has been President & CEO of Carl Zeiss AG since 2011.

The Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG has also decided to extend the contract of Executive Board Member Dr. Matthias Metz until 30 June 2023. The Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG had decided previously on the continued appointment of Dr. Ludwin Monz until 30 September 2022.

Dr. Monz began working at ZEISS as a research scientist in the Central Research Division in 1994. He was appointed Member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG in 2014 and is responsible for the ZEISS Medical Technology segment. Dr. Monz has been President & CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG since 2010.

Dr. Metz joined the ZEISS Group in 2015, and since this time has been responsible, as a Member of the Executive Board, for the ZEISS Vision Care/Consumer Products segment.

"We are delighted that we will be able to continue the collaboration as it enables us to successfully continue our growth trajectory," says Dr. Dieter Kurz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG. "Michael Kaschke and his Executive Board team have succeeded in further sharpening customer focus at ZEISS while making the company more dynamic and global."

"With the ZEISS Agenda 2020, we have given ourselves a clear program which will allow the ZEISS Group to remain successful and competitive in the future," says Dr. Michael Kaschke, President & CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. "I am looking forward to continuing the outstanding collaboration with the Supervisory Board and the global ZEISS team."

Press contact Jörg Nitschke

Head of Corporate Brand, Communications and Public Affairs


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2015/16 the company generated revenue approximating €4.9 billion with over 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

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