Press Release

Change of Chief Financial Officer at Carl Zeiss AG

Chief Financial Officer Dr. Christian Müller will step down from the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG at his own request and on the best of terms on 30 September 2023. Dr. Müller’s successor has been chosen and will be announced at a later date.

12 September 2023

Oberkochen, Germany I 12 September 2023 | ZEISS Group

After more than 20 years at ZEISS, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Carl Zeiss AG, Dr. Christian Müller, has decided not to extend his contract for another term. He has informed the Supervisory Board and will leave the company at his own request on 30 September 2023. “ZEISS continues its dynamic, successful trajectory with significant investments to ensure future viability while having a very stable economic foundation,” says Dr. Michael Bolle, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG. “The Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG regrets Dr. Müller’s decision not to extend his contract as CFO. He has put the finance organization in an excellent position and made an important contribution to the strategic and operational development of ZEISS. We would like to thank him for his outstanding dedication and extremely successful work. We wish him all the best going forward.“

Dr. Müller’s successor as CFO of Carl Zeiss AG has been chosen and will be announced at a later date. Dr. Karl Lamprecht, President and CEO of ZEISS, will take on the CFO’s responsibilities on an interim basis starting 1 October 2023.

Short profile

Dr. Christian Müller has served as CFO of Carl Zeiss AG in Oberkochen since 2018. Prior to this, starting in 2009, he was CFO and member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG in Jena. Dr. Müller joined the ZEISS Group in 2002 as Vice President of Corporate Auditing and Risk Management. In 2006, he transferred to the Medical Technology business group, where he headed the newly created Surgical Ophthalmology strategic business unit with sites in Germany, France and Scotland. He previously served as head of finance for a business unit at Degussa AG in Freising starting in 1999 and was department head for auditing and risk management at VIAG AG in Munich starting in 1997. He began his professional career in 1992 at the auditing firm C&L Deutsche Revision in Frankfurt. Dr. Christian Müller completed his Ph.D. at the University of Frankfurt am Main and holds a degree in business administration.

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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 31 March 2023). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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