In close partnership, Cybus is accompanied by internationally experienced and recognized experts from the fields of automation, robotics, industrial manufacturing and innovation management.
Together, the advisory council members and the management are dedicated to strategic decisions with a focus on continuous innovation, future industry trends and long-term technological thought leadership.
After more than 30 years in leading positions at Siemens, Ralf-Michael Franke is known for his outstanding leadership and professional expertise in the industrial sector. In 2004, Franke became CEO of the Siemens Industrial Automation Systems Business Unit. In 2011, he was appointed Head of the Drive Technologies Division and then, in 2014, he became CEO of the Factory Automation Business Unit. Franke is convinced that the use of data plays a central role for the technologies of the future: Edge computing and powerful software are the basic prerequisites to be able to fully exploit the potential of data.
Andreas Pfannenberg is Managing Director of the electro-technology company Pfannenberg Group Holding GmbH, founded in 1954. In his international corporation, Pfannenberg establishes a visionary culture of innovation, which is based on research and development, competence sharing and innovation. For Pfannenberg, progress is the driving force of the industry, made successful through cooperation, courage and openness. To shape the future of industry, he is involved as Vice Chairman of the Industrieverband Hamburg (IVH), as spokesman for the Digital Platform Industrie 4.0 and in the Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. (ZVEI).
After becoming Venture Partner at btov in 2016, Robert Gallenberger is now the partner in charge of the btov Industrial Technologies Fund. Gallenberger focuses on hardware and software investments in Industry 4.0, Industrial IoT, additive manufacturing, industrial process optimization and automation. With many years of experience at Boston Consulting Group and in venture and growth capital at the investment firm Gimv, Gallenberger now identifies tech potential and reliable growth opportunities across Europe. According to Gallenberger, the right strategic partnerships and a pioneering ecosystem are fundamental for innovators and startups.
Holger Heinen studied geodesy at the University of Bonn. Already during his studies he founded his first company, which offered a software that managed all data with local reference of industrial plants in a database. After the technology was sold he joined the High-Tech Gründerfonds and was responsible for 25 early-stage investments in technology companies. Since 2017 he is a member and chairman of the advisory board of currently eight VC-backed companies. In addition, he is a member of the investment committee of a Dutch/Turkish VC and a venture partner of a German family office.
Henrik Schunk has been CEO of the family-owned company and global player Schunk GmbH & Co. KG for many years. In his role as managing partner, Schunk took over the management of SCHUNK USA until 2005 and is now responsible for the sales department and innovation management of the SCHUNK corporate group. Being the world market leader for gripping systems and clamping technology, Schunk is at the center of the digital transformation. For this reason, Schunk places particular emphasis on its pioneering role in the industry and its vibrancy and openness to innovation and cooperation. With many years of expertise, he contributes, among others, to the VDMA in the areas of Robotics + Automation and Integrated Assembly Solutions and is a member of the VDMA main board in 2013.