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Blackbird names Karl Christian Messer as new CEO

Issue: November 2017

Garching, Germany-based Blackbird Robotersysteme GmbH has announced a change in its top executive position, with Karl Christian Messer stepping in to assume the duties of outgoing CEO Wolfgang Vogl. Messer, whose appointment became official Sept. 1, brings a diverse set of skills to his new role, having worked as a mechanical engineer, technical business economist, safety engineer and welding engineer. Blackbird, a supplier of remote laser welding technologies, is affiliated with Scanlab GmbH, Puchheim, Germany.
“Messer was a lucky find for us ... due to his industry experience, welding expertise and precise knowledge of market challenges from both the customer’s and system supplier’s vantage points,” said Vogl, who plans to establish a startup company involving networked sensor technologies.