RUAG Space Appoints New Head
Holger Wentscher will be taking over as head of RUAG Space Switzerland with effect from March 1, 2012.
Peter Guggenbach, who had served in this role on an interim basis in addition to his permanent position as the chief executive of RUAG Space, will once again be focusing all his attention on his responsibilities as the CEO of the RUAG Space Division.
“Holger Wentscher is an experienced manager and a recognized authority in the aerospace industry, and we are delighted to have him on board,” said Guggenbach in his statement on the new appointment, adding that Wentscher will also become a member of the RUAG Space Division Management Board.
48-year-old Wentscher’s most recent position was Vice President Launchers Germany at Europe’s leading space company EADS Astrium in Bremen. From 2007 to 2009, he headed up the EADS Lampoldshausen site in south-west Germany, which specializes in developing and manufacturing propulsion systems for satellites and space probes.
Wentscher embarked on his career at Eurocopter, the helicopter division of EADS, where he held a number of management positions, including program director for the German and Omani variants of the NH90 helicopter.
A German citizen, Wentscher divided his graduate studies between the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the State University of New York and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse. He subsequently obtained his doctorate from the Institute of Robotics and System Dynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in the Bavarian town of Oberpfaffenhofen.