Dieter Vögtli, member of the Buhler Executive Board, passed away on Friday, June 5, as a result of a short, serious illness. Dieter Vögtli headed the company’s global Service & Sales (SAS) organization. Before that, he was responsible for Buhler’s business in Asia.
Dieter Vögtli was a qualified mechanical engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). He started his career as a global power plant commissioning engineer at the Swiss Brown Boveri Co. In 2004 he came to Buhler, initially as Head of China, and from 2009 also as Head of Buhler Group Asia Pacific. He combined his entrepreneurial attitude and his deep understanding of the market with a strong empathy for customers and his teams. He has played a key role in Buhler’s growth and success in the past 16 years, particularly in Asia. In his functions, Dieter Vögtli was also a member of the Buhler Executive Board. After handing over responsibility for Asia to his successor, he returned to Switzerland with his family in 2018.
Samuel Schär assumes responsibility as head of the global SAS organization, in addition to his current role as CEO of the Advanced Materials division. This internal succession has been prepared for a long time. Samuel Schär graduated in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He has been with Bühler since 2002. In 2005 he took over the management of the then newly founded business unit Nanotechnology, later he was responsible for the business area Grinding & Dispersing. Samuel Schär was promoted to the Executive Committee in 2013 when he took over the management of the Advanced Materials business unit.