Markus Spanner Named New CEO of Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG

After 42 years as managing director, Dr. Karl Spanner has handed over the management of the company to his son, Markus Spanner.

At Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. worldwide headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, a long-planned generational change has been implemented in its management.

"Our technologies have enormous potential to make our customers' applications even more successful," says Markus Spanner, who has been PI's managing director since the beginning of 2020 after holding managerial responsibility as Managing Director, Finance & Controlling at PI for the past 11 years. "PI has a great deal of potential for growth that we want to exploit in the future more than ever before."

In his new role, Markus Spanner has established an extended management team to take a structured approach to achieving the new targets. He will be assisted by Dr. Peter Schittenhelm (COO), Dr. Markus Czanta (CTO), Stéphane Bussa (CSO), and Heiko Brehm (CFO).

Physik Instrumente employs more than 1,300 people all over the world and is represented at 15 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. The company is a market and technology leader for high-precision positioning in high-tech business sectors such as life sciences, semiconductor manufacturing, photonics, and industrial automation. PI occupies third place in the Handelsblatt's Top 100 Ranking of SMEs 2019.

PI USA congratulates Markus Spanner!

Learn about PI’s products»

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1300 people worldwide. PI’s customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors, and aerospace.

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