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Gerhard Alonso Garcia

Head of Control Engineering
"Working at Dürr, a medium-sized company"

Over my career since I graduated I have become acquainted with companies of all sizes, from a small company with 50 employees to a major corporation with 150,000 employees. I have now been with Dürr for 17 years and have not regretted a single day. Working in this high-tech company with an international orientation and a portfolio of very different products is simply good fun. Every day there are new technical and organisational challenges to be faced, tasks to be completed, many different cultures with which I must communicate and, above all, there is not much bureaucracy. This is a working environment that not many employers are able to offer.

Education:
Degree in Electronics from the Heilbronn Technical University of Applied Sciences

Career at Dürr:
1994 Development Engineer in Control Engineering, Application Engineering
1998 Team leader of the Robot Control team
2003 Head of the Software Engineering/Start-up Control Engineering Department
Since 2007 Head of the Control Engineering Division Dürr Systems GmbH, Germany
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Houver Chabo

Commissioning and Site Engineer
"Starting at Dürr with the intern program"

My career at Dürr began whilst I was still studying when I did an internship. I wrote my final Bachelor thesis in the same department. After the internship, the start of my career was really not at all complicated because Dürr offered me a position as a product manager before I had even finished my thesis. There was no time-consuming and stressful familiarisation phase for me because I had already gotten to know all the employees and processes in our Business Unit. This was also noticeable in my private life because I come home from work happy and settled.

Education:
Degree in Process and Environmental Technology from the University of Applied Sciences Heilbronn

Career at Dürr:
2010 Internship in the Environmental and Energy Systems (EES) Division
2010 Bachelor thesis in the EES Division
2011 Product Manager in the EES Division
Since 2012 Start-up Engineer/Construction Manager in the EES Division

Dürr Systems GmbH, Germany
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Jochen Fink

Director Sales & Operation
"Sustainability"

Sustainability is the objective for remaining in balance. For me this principle means doing things in such a way that they can be continued as such in the long term without having to worry about there being any negative effects on people, the company or the environment. We at Dürr support our customers in implementing their sustainability objectives with our highly efficient products and technologies and we also try to continuously improve our own sustainability at the same time. Exciting technology, flexible processes and an excellent work atmosphere. That is what Dürr stands for today and we will hopefully be successful in the future as a result of that. Education:
Degree in Energy and Environmental System Technology from the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences
MBA, Steinbeis University of Berlin

Career at Dürr:
2010 Project Manager Business Development, Environmental & Energy Systems
Since 2011 Director Sales & Operation Dürr Cyplan Ltd., Germany
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Carina Lenz

Attorney at Law
"My first few days as a new employee"

Even during the interview I was impressed by the warm and casual manner of my new boss and the new and challenging areas of activity presented during the interview really interested me. I also like the Dürr line of business and the entrepreneurial spirit. I thought the welcome on my first day, with a bunch of flowers and a personal introduction to people outwith my immediate circle of colleagues, was very thoughtful. As was the opportunity to be able to participate in an introductory seminar for new employees straight away.

Education:
Law Degree from the University of Heidelberg, Bar Exam (Stuttgart)
LL.M. (Auckland)

Career at Dürr:
Since 2012 Attorney at Law in the Group's legal department

Dürr AG, Germany
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Nandakumar Nair

Manager Human Resources
"Employee Satisfaction Survey"

In June 2011, Dürr India had conducted an employee satisfaction survey for the second time. It was based on personal interviews with our employees. The questions were targeting the following areas: working time, working environment, benefits, processes, structure, information and communication, employee relations etc. The interviewees liked the relaxed atmosphere and were happy to get bars of chocolate at the end of the interview! The results of this survey were very encouraging. Being a very employee friendly company with transparent working culture, the results were shared with all of our employees in a special meeting in July 2011. This had turned into an open minded discussion and the employees were sharing their experiences without any reservations. Now we are proud having executed a package of improvement measures. We will repeat the survey in 2013 and hope to increase our employees’ satisfaction again.

Education:
Post-graduate studies in Human Resources from the Symbiosis College Pune

Career at Dürr:
2009 Human Resources Manager, Payroll, Compensation & Benefits
Since 2010 Head of Human Resources

Dürr India Pvt. Ltd, India
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Thomas Klenge

Development Engineer
"Internal knowledge transfer - colleagues training colleagues"

The internal training courses make a valuable contribution in achieving know-how in the company and in passing this on. These courses are helpful in integrating new employees. Furthermore, colleagues who have been employed by Dürr for a long time can pass on their experiences and it is also guaranteed that all employees are working according to the same standards. Contact often lasts beyond the training course so that useful internal networks develop. Everyone benefits from these networks in their day-to-day work. I really enjoy getting together with people who work in other Business Units. It is through this that I get suggestions, which question processes and implement optimisations in my day-to-day work.

Education:
Degree in Process Technology from the University of Stuttgart

Career at Dürr:
1993 Thesis on heat wheels
1995 Development engineer in the Engineering Division
2000 SAP key user in the Engineering Division
Since 2008 Dürr trainer qualification

Dürr Systems GmbH, Germany
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Catherine Wang

Purchasing Department Manager
"My Career Development at Dürr"

During the rapid developing progress of Dürr China, I really got a lot of opportunities to learn and improve my own abilites.

As a designer in the design department, I received a systematic training in Germany, and tried to master a variety of design tools, to learn the painting processes, and to understand our design standard of Dürr. I was also appointed to several sites and participated in daily site supervision and coordination work of my design equipments. It helped me to get further and specific understanding of the implementation of a project on site. Then I could combine the theory and practice efficiently.

After becoming the manager of the design department, in the process of leading the team, I also got the chance to learn some keys about good leadership. In addition, by cooperating with other departments, I deeply learned the Dürr particular project management mode and the significance of team cooperating spirit. This broadened my vision and knowledge.

Afterwards I got the opportunity to join the purchasing department. I could increase my business and trade knowledge. During the years I spent at Dürr, I studied, grew and became mature step by step. This period is still my most valuable time and even has good influence on my work style and my attitude to my future life.

Education:
Bachelor in Industry Trade, Donghua University Shanghai
Master in Mechanical Design, Donghua University Shanghai

Career at Dürr:
2003 Designer for Oven Mechanical
2006 Design Manager for mechanical process
Since 2008 Purchasing Department Manager

Dürr Paintshop Systems Engineering (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, China
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Bruno Welsch

President Dürr Systems Inc. USA
"Growing in and with the Dürr Group"

The continuous growth of the Dürr Group into international markets provides very good opportunities to develop an exciting career. Dedication, flexibility and commitment are feeding experience and self-confidence to reach the level of performance to be successful, Dürr supports these developments in each area and level of activities. My personal career at Dürr is based on this development path, which was and still is not always easy to coordinate with personal life and family especially as intense travelling and moves are involved. Seeing my family now and 10 years ago the personal development of them as well is very positive in joining living and growing in different cultures.

Education:
Information System Technician/Automation and Computer Technician

Career at Dürr:
1994 Design and Commissioning Engineer controls for conveyor systems in Germany and South Korea
1996 Design and Commissioning Engineer controls and project leader conveyor in locations such as South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, USA
2002 Project Manager Business Unit Paint and Final Assemby Systems (PFS) in Mexico and USA
2005 Managing Director Dürr de Mexico S.A. de C.V.
2008 Managing Director Dürr de Mexico, BU Head PFS North America
Since 2011 President Dürr Systems North America

Dürr Systems Inc, USA / Mexico
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Anna Kliewer

Project Manager
"Collaboration in international projects"

In most projects, project managers at Dürr work with at least one other nationality. This makes the project work incredibly exciting but also very challenging. It is only when people deal with each other respectfully that successful collaboration is possible. There are lots of risks in Asian projects in particular, because there are huge cultural differences. This makes the cultural training provided by Dürr all the more helpful. These training courses create a knowledge basis which helps people to see things from the perspective of another culture and thus to avoid unnecessary mistakes. However, even for projects within Europe the cultural differences should not be underestimated. Even though countries are much closer geographically there are sometimes huge cultural differences. But all projects are possible as long as there is openness and respect.

Something that was particularly interesting for me personally was a big paint shop project for a Korean customer in Russia, because I learnt a lot about Korean values and attitudes. Then there was Russian culture and working practices, which had to be understood to advance the project. This really helped me to better evaluate my own culture and to be able to use the differences to the advantage of the project.

Education:
Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe

Career at Dürr:
2007 Project Management Trainee
2008 Lead Engineer
Since 2011 Project Manager

Dürr Systems GmbH, Germany

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Jonas Bommer

Mechatronics Apprentice
"Apprenticeship"

I'm being really well trained at Dürr. I learn something new every day, the learning is fun and there are opportunities to go abroad, for example to Bratislava for 1 week to get to know the employees and the branch there. I particularly like the fact that everyone gets on really well and that, because of the good transport connections, I can reach Dürr without any problems. I think there are many opportunities for me to develop further in the company.

Career at Dürr:
2011 Apprenticeship in Mechatronics

Dürr Systems GmbH, Deutschland
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Michele Bombarda

CFO Olpidürr S.p.A., Italy
"My international career path at Dürr"

My career path here at Dürr has been an interesting one to say the least. I moved from Milan to Stuttgart in 2001 and began working at Dürr as a buyer's assistant and two short years later began working in Montgomery, Alabama in the US on a customer project. It was on this project that I was given my first opportunity to work with a truely international team of Dürr group members: Italians, Germans, Brazilians, Koreans, Americans, Mexicans. I learned a lot as a buyer, growing both professionally and personally. On this particular project I made close friendships with people from all over the world and even met my future wife with whom I now have a daughter. Two years later, I was back in Stuttgart as a Senior Buyer and very confident of my newly acquired purchasing capabilities. Not only had living and working in another country been a cultural experience, it had given me the opportunity to work with an international group of people who had taught me many new purchasing strategies and skills. My wife and I eventually travelled to India on behalf of the Dürr group before returning to Milan where I am now the CFO of Olpidürr, the Italian subsidiary of the Dürr group. I can honestly say that travelling for work with the Dürr group has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, allowing me the opportunity to grow both as a person and as a professional. I will never forget how Dürr has changed my life and strongly encourage anyone considering a career with Dürr group to travel abroad if ever given the opportunity.  Education:
MBA at SDA Bocconi School of Management and a Law Degree at the University Milan

Career at Dürr:
2001 – 2002 Buyer's Assistant, International Purchasing Department in Germany
2002 – 2004 Sole Project Buyer, Dürr Systems Inc. in USA
2004 – 2005 Senior Buyer, Central International Purchasing in Germany
2006 – 2009 Purchasing and Global Sourcing Manager at Olpidürr S.p.A. in Italy
2009 – 2012 CFO and Global Sourcing Manager at Olpidürr S.p.A. in Italy
Olpidürr S.p.A., Italy
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Hauke Bensch

Design Engineer, process optimisation - "From the lecture hall via Sao Paulo to design engineering"

Just like any student from time to time, I was bored in class. I had no idea at the time how much of a blessing in disguise my professor’s dull lecture was. Flipping through a magazine, I stumbled across Dürr and the “Dürr Challenge” film competition. I applied and was accepted. Together with four other students, I was able to discover Sao Paulo during an unforgettable Challenge week while getting to know Dürr as an international medium-sized company. Inspired by the technical and cultural diversity within the company, I felt compelled to apply to Dürr for my master’s thesis. I was taken on without hesitation and received a warm welcome and great support from my colleagues. The company’s offer of a permanent position was just as uncomplicated – a chance I had to accept, just like the opportunities posed by the Challenge and the master’s thesis. Education:
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering with field Process Engineering (Flensburg University of Applied Sciences), Master in Building and Energy Technology (Erfurt University of Applied Sciences) Career at Dürr:
2013 Participation in Dürr Challenge 2013, Team Sao Paulo
2014 Master thesis in the Division PFS/Engineering
since 2014 Design engineer for process optimisation in the Division PFS/Engineering Dürr Systems GmbH, Germany
 

Who works at Dürr

Our range of services and products are as varied as the people who make up our company. Engineers and commercial experts, arts and science graduates, doers and thinkers, practical and organisational experts - innovation requires openness which is why we are pleased that know-how at Dürr comes from all directions, from every continent and from all branches of knowledge. Make your own picture and learn more.

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