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Dr. Knuth Schmidt

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Dr. Knuth Schmidt
Director, Operations - Europe

An engineer by training, Dr. Knuth Schmidt has far reaching international business experience from his tenure as the General Manager of a diverse set of manufacturing companies from across the DACH region - Dynamit Nobel Kunststoff, Lista AG , Fridola Tech and TCG-Holding. Dr. Schmidt draws on his engineering and operations experience at companies including Daimler and Siemens, to bring a unique perspective on achieving growth and profitability at industrial manufacturers through strategic management, corporate development, international sales expansion, cost reduction and efficiency improvement.

He works closely with the firm's Operations Team as well as portfolio company executive management to drive lean initiatives and to deploy operational resources following an acquisition.

Dr. Schmidt received his Diplom Ingenieur degree at the RWTH-Aachen and earned his Dr. Ingenieur title at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute for Reactor Materials. He further received a Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur at the Hochschule für Berufstätige (AKAD) and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is fluent in English and German and is conversant in French and Spanish.

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