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Management

Dr. Balthasar Fischer, CEO

Born in Switzerland, Balthasar received his PhD from the Vienna University of Technology, Photonics Institute, in the field of laser physics. He also holds a Tonmeister degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Balthasar invented the Membrane-free Optical Microphone and founded XARION Laser Acoustics in 2012, after being with a large corporation in the acoustics R&D. He has experience in strategic R&D and IP Management. In the course of his career, he has won several awards, including the renowned Leibinger Innovation Award. Balthasar has authored several international patents.

Dr. Georg Zachhuber, CFO

Georg is a senior executive with more than 20 years of business expertise both as general manager and interim manager at board level and as a consultant. He has extensive experience in both IT and media sector, as well as in the high-tech segment. Georg started his career at McKinsey as a management consultant. He was awarded his PhD in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and also completed his B.A. in business administration in Vienna, St. Gallen (HSG) and Graz. Georg invested in XARION as a business angel in the first round. In April 2016, he joined as CFO and is responsible for finance and administration.

Thomas Heine, Head of R&D and Production

Thomas heads the R&D department as well as production team. He holds a degree in Physics and gained extensive professional expertise in the last 20 years in the laser and photonics industry. With his broad experience in R&D and Product Management, specifically in the fields of tunable lasers and optical cavities, he successfully transforms complex technological ideas into real-world products.

Martin Wallner, Operations Manager

Martin has been with XARION since 2015 in operational management. His focus lies in the optimization of internal processes, he is also heading the administration team. Martin holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Mining University of Leoben and started his professional career at an international oil and gas corporation. He developed his entrepreneurial mindset by completing his master’s in industrial business administration in Leoben and during his studies at the Imperial College Business School in London.