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Ralf Hinkel hands over chairmanship of Mobotix board

Staff writer | Langmeil, Germany | September 11, 2013
Ralf HinkelRalf Hinkel, founder and majority shareholder of Mobotix AG, a software company, hands over the chairmanship of the board to the current chief sales officer Magnus Ekerot, effective October 1, 2013.
From 1978 to 1989 Dr. Hinkel studied information technology and electrotechnology at the University of Kaiserslautern and completed a doctorate there.

After his studies he founded QUADRIGA-Sensortechnik GmbH, Kaiserslautern (now TRIMBLE Kaiserslautern GmbH), which was active in the development, production and sale of laser measurement devices.

In 1997 Dr. Hinkel sold his shares in this company and, together with his wife Sabine and long-time friend and business partner Klaus Borchers, founded MOBOTIX AG in 1999.

Dr. Hinkel was winner of the 1978 "Jugend forscht" prize in his home state of Rhineland-Palatinate. He was also awarded the Philip Morris Research prize in 1986.

Dr. Hinkel will continue to be involved in the company as the majority shareholder and therefore will have significant influence on the company strategy and product development.

Furthermore, Dr. Hinkel emphasizes that there are no sales negotiations taking place at the moment and no intentions to sell.

Dr. Ekerot will head the company as Chief Executive Officer with the responsibility for Sales and Marketing departments.

Dr. Ekerot has been Chief Sales Officer of Mobotix AG since January 1, 2011.

He previously served as General Manager at Beijer Electronics AB in Sweden, a publicly listed manufacturer of HMI (Human Machine Interface) displays.

In addition, Dr. Ekerot has years of experience in the network camera field, including five years as Managing Director at AXIS Communications, where he was responsible for the German-speaking regions, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Ekerot graduated with a Master of Science in International Economic Sciences from the University of Lund in Sweden as well as from the Edinburgh University in Scotland.

He earned his PhD from the "Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich" and from the Henley Management College in Great Britain, where he had successfully already completed the MBA program in strategic management one year earlier.