Gerd Hoppe works currently in the Executive Management of Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG. He earned a degree of engineering in Signal Transmission Theory from the Technical University of Dortmund and worked in different fields of work both in R&D as well as in Marketing and Sales. For nearly 5 years, he built and was responsible for the North America operation of Beckhoff and resided in the US. In his current position, he is responsible for General Management, Global Accounts, Strategic Technology Consulting, Legal and IP Management and works with clients covering their global needs and requirements in Automation Technology. His employment with Beckhoff reaches back 25 years, in prior occupations his experience is in R&D management and product management of products in automation and electric tools.