The EIRMA Governing Board is composed of elected representatives from among member companies’ Representatives and Alternates.

Board members serve two year terms of office, with the possibility for re-election.

(Read more about the previous EIRMA Presidents)

Governing Board Members

The current Governing Board was elected at the General Assembly held in Gothenburg in May 2019:

PresidentDr Ernst LutzGuritGeneral Manager of Business Unit Wind MaterialsSwitzerland
Past PresidentDr Carlos HärtelClimeworksCTOGermany
Honorary PresidentDr Léopold DemiddeleerTechBridgeOne S.P.R.LOwnerBelgium
Vice PresidentDaniel WitthautEvonik Industries AGHead of Corporate Innovation StrategyGermany
MemberMs Gabriele DobeneckerEmpaFundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry RelationsSwitzerland
MemberMr Michael GudeUnileverGlobal Vice President Foods R&DNetherlands
MemberOlivier LetessierAir LiquideR&D VPFrance


The EIRMA Programme Planning Committee (PPC) is responsible for establishing the programme of activities, which currently consists of approximately 12 events per year .

The PPC is composed of EIRMA experienced members with a strong understanding of Industrial R&D and Innovation:

Programme Planning Committee Members

MemberMr Henri ChevrelAir LiquideVP R&D Europe ZoneFrance
MemberNicolas De AbajoArcelorMittalHead of ArcelorMittal Global R&D CentresSpain
MemberNicolas DubucMichelinFellow for Technology Intelligence and Knowledge ManagementFrance
MemberWerner FröhlingFlooring Technologies LtdManaging Director and Chief IP CounselMalta
MemberBernd KorvesSiemensHead of Visioning and ScoutingGermany
MemberNorbert Luetke-EntrupSiemensHead of Technology and Innovation Management, Corporate TechnologyGermany
MemberJosé Enrique RománBoeingManaging DirectorSpain
MemberAlejandro SanzIndependentIndependentNetherlands
MemberMonica SchofieldTuTech Innovation GmbhDirector International Cooperation & EU OfficeGermany