Management Board

Under Dr Wolfram Peschko’s leadership, the company’s management structure allows Mynaric founders Dr Markus Knapek and Joachim Horwath a hands-on approach to product and business development – bringing to bear their joint 30 years’ joint experience in the laser communication field – whilst also allowing them the freedom to drive the company in the commercial direction it has chosen for itself.

Dr Wolfram Peschko(Chairman)

Dr Wolfram Peschko, Chief Executive Officer of Mynaric AG, has been with the Group since 2011 and heads the Strategy, Finance and General Management divisions.

He possesses more than 30 years of experience in senior management, gained at various companies with sales of more than €50 million and headcounts of up to 1,000 employees.

Dr Wolfram Peschko holds a doctorate in physics from TU Darmstadt and is a graduate of the renowned INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

Dr Markus Knapek

Dr Knapek is one of the co-founders of Mynaric and, as a Board Member of Mynaric AG, is responsible for Group strategy and operations. He has also been the CEO of Mynaric Lasercom GmbH since 2009, where he is driving forward business development.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked in technical sales for Siemens ICN in Moscow. From 2003 to 2011, he was employed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he focused on the development of optical ground stations and atmospheric channel models in the field of laser communication.

Dr Knapek holds an engineering doctorate from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a master’s degree from the City University of New York.

Joachim Horwath

Joachim Horwath is co-founder of Mynaric and, as CTO of Mynaric Lasercom GmbH, has led product development in the field of wireless laser communication since 2009. As a Board Member of Mynaric AG, he is responsible for the technical direction of the Group.

From 2002 to 2015 he worked for the Institute of Communications and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He investigated atmospheric effects on coherent and incoherent laser communication systems and was responsible for developing a variety of aircraft laser terminals and ground stations.

Mr Horwath has a degree in electrical engineering from Graz University of Technology in Austria.

Supervisory Board

Dr Manfred Krischke (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)

Dr Manfred Krischke gained his doctorate in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Munich. He is the co-founder and CEO of CloudEO and was the founder and CEO of RapidEye before its acquisition by Planet in 2015. In addition, Dr Krischke has worked in several technology companies in top positions during his professional career.

Dr Harald Gerloff

Dr Harald Gerloff attended the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and concluded his studies with a masters degree in computer science. He further holds a doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen. Throughout his professional career, he has held leading management positions at IBM, Credit Suisse and as associate Partner at McKinsey & Co. He subsequently founded the Internet software company Netmedia AG and as CEO drove its development into a global leader in Talent Management Software for large enterprises. Through his family office, Dr. Harald Gerloff is a major investor in technology companies.

Dr Gerd Gruppe

Dr Gerd Gruppe holds an engineering degree (Dipl. Ing) which he obtained from RWTH Aachen. In addition, in 1985 he completed his PhD on energy marketing. At the end of the 1980s, Dr Gruppe was involved in the development of the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC) at the DLR location in Oberpfaffenhofen. Dr Gruppe is was a member of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where he has was been responsible for aerospace management since April between 2011 and 2017.

Dr Thomas Billeter

Dr Billeter holds an engineering degree and an MBA from the ETH Zurich as well as a PhD in economics from the University of Zurich. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He started his career with IBM, Ascom and McKinsey and then took over several C-level positions in innovative technology companies. He is now a successful Investor and Business Angel and serves as a board member in a wide range of technology start-ups.

Peter Müller-Brühl

COO and member of the executive board of GreenCom Networks AG. He has 10 years’ experience as a serial entrepreneur in various technology start-ups as co-founder, angel investor and member of executive management teams. Before his entrepreneurial career Peter held executive management positions in the publishing automotive industry, in his last corporate role acting as CIO/CTO Germany for DaimlerChrysler AG. He holds business degrees from Middlesex University in London and the European School of Business (ESB) in Reutlingen, as well as an MBA from Ottawa University.