Stäubli Group Appoints Gerald Vogt to CEO

Christophe Coulongeat takes over worldwide responsibility for the robotics division.


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Gerald Vogt

Gerald Vogt

The Stäubli Group has named Gerald Vogt CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Vogt succeeds Rolf Strebel, who is retiring. Christophe Coulongeat replaces Vogt as group division manager for the robotics division.

Vogt is an experienced manager from within the company’s own ranks, serving as an engineer and business economist responsible for the global robotics business as group division manager since mid-2016 and as a member of the group management.

Christophe Coulongeat

Christophe Coulongeat

When Vogt joined Stäubli almost 20 years ago, he initially moved from the development and production site in Faverges, France, to the U.S. as division manager for Stäubli Robotics North America. He later returned to Faverges as head of development before taking over responsibility for the German business as head of Stäubli Robotics in Bayreuth.

To ensure a smooth transition, the Stäubli board of directors nominated Gerald Vogt as the designated successor to Rolf Strebel at the beginning of 2020. Since then, Gerald Vogt worked closely with Strebel, and is responsible for the introduction and implementation of the new business strategy for Stäubli until 2030.

“We are delighted to have found in Gerald Vogt a forward-looking manager with an extensive international experience and a clear entrepreneurial spirit who is already very well connected within the Group,” says Yves Serra, chairman of Stäubli’s board of directors. “On behalf of the entire board of directors and the Stäubli family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rolf Strebel for more than 40 years of dedication to Stäubli and his outstanding work as CEO of the Stäubli Group over the past 14 years.”

Coulongeat assumed global responsibility for the Robotics Division on Jan. 1, 2021. The French manager has been deputy division manager since 2018 and previously gathered extensive experience in the packaging and automation industry in France, Austria, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.