The Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG has appointed Oliver Kaltner (46) as the new chairman of the executive board with effect from 1 April 2015.
Kaltner has been a member of the Executive Board at Leica Camera AG since 1 September 2014 and has been responsible for the divisions Marketing, Sales and Retail; he has also been in charge of the development of retail and sales partnerships.
Most recently, he held the position of General Manager at Microsoft Deutschland GmbH. Other stages of his professional career saw him assume executive and managerial positions at prominent corporations such as Sky AG, Sony Deutschland GmbH, Electronic Arts GmbH and Nike GmbH.
Alfred Schopf, chairman of the Executive Board of Leica Camera AG since August 2010 and responsible for the divisions Product Management, Sport Optics, Customer Care and Public Relations, will be leaving the company at his own request at the end of the financial year on 31 March 2015. He will remain at Leica in an advisory capacity until the end of 2015.