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The SVS-Vistek Management

Established expertise, decades of experience as well as passion and enthusiasm for technology. The management of SVS-Vistek GmbH combines our most important corporate values.
Robert Franz looking friendly into the camera, wearing a dark suit and white shirt against a light background

Robert Franz

Robert Franz has significant experience in companies with a background in automation and the Machine Vision industry.

He has served as the Head of the Global Optical Sensing Business Unit at Honeywell, President of the Americas Region at Rittal, and Sr. Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing at Datalogic S.p.A.

Robert Franz studied law and earned an MBA from TIAS Business School in Utrecht (NL).

He has been the CEO of SVS-Vistek GmbH since January 1st, 2024.

Walter Denk looking friendly into the camera, wearing a dark suit and blue shirt against a light background

Thank you, Walter!

Walter Denk retired on December 31, 2023, after leading SVS-Vistek GmbH for many years with exceptional commitment and tireless work. His vision, leadership, and unwavering commitment helped shape our company into what it is today. Under his guidance, we achieved remarkable success and created a culture of excellence and collaboration that is deeply embedded in our corporate DNA.

We are pleased that Walter will continue to be involved in our corporate life as a consultant, sharing his expertise and experience with us. This allows us to benefit from his market knowledge while he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.



Portrait of Björn Krasemann (CCO/Head of Sales)

Björn Krasemann

After studying industrial engineering at the University of Leipzig, Björn Krasemann gained his first sales experience in broadcasting in 2009.

In 2014, he successfully managed a sales team in EMEA for industrial image processing until the beginning of 2020.

Björn Krasemann joined our team in February 2020 and has been responsible for global sales activities at SVS-Vistek GmbH since 2021.

Portrait of Patrick Schläfle (Commercial Director / CFO)

Patrick Schläfle (M.A.)

Patrick Schläfle earned a Master's degree in Business Management and Economics from Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen between 2014 and 2016. He subsequently completed an international trainee program specializing in finance controlling at a global technology group and later became the head of the Controlling & Reporting department within the same group.

In early 2020, he joined the TKH Vision Group as Head of Controlling.

Patrick Schläfle joined our team in 2021 as the Commercial Manager/CFO at SVS-Vistek.

Portrait of Thorsten Schmidt (CPO/Head of Productmanagement & Support)

Thorsten Schmidt

After training as a communications electronics engineer, Thorsten Schmidt studied computer science at bib International College. He gained extensive experience in process and project management over the years. From 2004 to 2015, he managed numerous projects in the automotive industry related to E/E and systems engineering. During this time, he also obtained the c.SPM Level B and c.PMP Level D certifications from the International Project Management Association (IPMA). Thorsten Schmidt has been a valuable member of our team since 2015. He started as the Product and Process Manager, where he gained expertise in industrial image processing. Since 2016, he has been responsible for product management, support, and technical documentation at SVS-Vistek GmbH.

Since 2022, Thorsten Schmidt has been the Chief Product Officer (CPO) as part of the management team. Additionally, he has been the site manager for SVS-Vistek GmbH in Gilching since 2024.