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Oct 9, 2020

UID’s Managing Director re-elected as board member of VDMA division

Franz Koller will serve a second term in the board of the "Software and Digitalization" division of the VDMA, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association. On October 9, the VDMA’s 400 members elected UID's Managing Director Franz Koller into the 11-person board. In this role, he will primarily advance the digitalization and agility in machine and plant manufacturing.

"Software and Digitalization" is the VDMA’s largest division. It connects software providers with the development departments of renowned machine and plant manufacturers, serving as an ideal platform for sharing experience on digitalization trends, e.g. machine learning or digital strategies, with the industry.

As a VDMA member, UID has been contributing to the "Software and Digitalization" division for years. In his previous term, Franz Koller supported the "Agile" and "Chief Digital Officer" working groups and acted as a juror at the VDMA Young Talent Award. "I am overjoyed about my reelection. The current crisis shows how important it is to connect traditional industries with the digital world. In my role as a board member, I want to support machine and plant manufacturers on their way into the digital and agile future – a crucial process for companies in shaping innovation and securing their market position," says Franz Koller, UID’s Managing Director.

Image: The new board (left to right.): Michael Möller, Dr. Thomas Genßler, Franz Koller, Michael Finkler, Daniel Gal, Sebastian Betzin, Klaus Bauer, Wolfram Schäfer. (missing: Georg Kube, Matthias Dietel, Dr. Harald Göbel).

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The computer sciences graduate Franz Koller supports corporate customers in designing user-centered products and services and in implementing the respective process adjustments, benefitting from more than 30 years of experience in numerous projects in research and industry. He was the co-initiator and editor of the DIN EN ISO 14915 standard on software ergonomics for multimedia user interfaces. In addition, Franz is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Information Design course at Stuttgart Media University (HdM) and a lecturer at Artop GmbH, a department of Humboldt University in Berlin.