Our Team

The NTN Booster Photonics Organization and Processes are run by the Management Team, the Innovation Board, the Expert Pool and the Board of Directors. All team members are within the Photonics ecosystem and contribute a great experience in Photonics technologies and its applications

Dr. Jörg Güttinger

Managing Director

Jörg has 15 years of high-level management experience and a successful track record in company, project and people management, technology scouting, fundraising, network development, R&D steering, innovation and cooperation projects as well as scientific conferences’ and technology events’ organisation. Dr. Güttinger is managing partner of Psinex Ventures LLC, an independent technology and innovation management company. He also serves as Member of two boards of Directors.

Brigitte Waernier-Gut

Swissmem Photonics

Brigitte has been working as Division Manager in Swissmem’s Industrial Sectors for 27 years. During this time she has been responsible for different areas such as the SSIG Swiss Space Industry Group, Process Engineering Equipment or Combustion Engines and has worked on various topics. The focus of her work has been on photonics since its establishment as a separate Industry Sector in 2013.

Larissa Makowski

Admin & Communication Support

Larissa has grown up in the hotel world. After her 3 year hotel apprenticeship in Frankfurt am Main, she moved to Switzerland. During the last 6 years Larissa gained a lot of experience in various hotels in Zurich. In particular, she was able to deepen her skills in the event sector with events up to 700 people. Since December 2020, she has been working as an assistant for the industrial sectors at Swissmem. With her great experience in event managment she is the perfect match for administrating and organizing the boosters activities and our social media platforms.

Werner Krüsi

President Board of Directors

After 23 years being CEO of FISBA AG, in St.Gallen, Werner is now Member of the FISBA’s Board. He serves since 2013 as Chairman of the Swissmem Division Photonics. For the NTN Photonics he will contribute with a widespread international network in Photonics and long experience in managing innovative technology companies. Currently he is member of 2 Boards of Directors, Chairman of Swissmem Photonics and Chairman of the Board of RhySearch AG.

Robert Rudolph

Innovation & Digitalization

Robert joined Swissmem in 2012 following a career in innovation & technology in the private sector and research. As member of Swissmem Board and Head of Department Digitalization & Innovation his goal is to foster innovation engagement of the Swiss manufacturing sector. In addition he takes part in various expert activities such as Swissmem research committee, Economiesuisse research committee and European Working Groups at Orgalim. Robert is also the President of the initiative «Industrie 2025».

Nicolas Degen

Innovation Specialist

Nicolas started his career as development engineer and later project manager having the lead of various corporate wide innovation projects including workshops in design thinking. As a Manager Innovation & Technology, Nicolas focused on innovative new business models and IP generation. Nicolas started in 2020 as Head of Innovation and Digitization at Swisssmem.
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