The Management Board
Board of managing directors
Michael Knopp, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Michael Knopp has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Materna Group since May 2017. Michael Knopp has many years of experience as Chief Financial Officer and Commercial Director – both in listed companies in the IT and capital goods industry and in foreign enterprises. Most recently, he served as CFO of Süss MicroTec AG, Garching, for nearly ten years. Previously, he was head of commercial management at Kemmax GmbH, Essen (Germany), and at the same time held the position of CFO International Operations for the Canadian parent company Chemtrade Logistics. Previous positions included Realtech AG in Walldorf (Germany), Sensormatic Electronics GmbH, Gerresheimer Glas AG and the auditing company Wollert-Elmendorff Deutsche Industrie-Treuhand GmbH. Knopp studied business administration at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, from 1989 to 1995.
Materna remains a privately held business
Dr. Winfried Materna and Helmut an de Meulen have transferred around 50 percent of the company shares to their children and thus consolidated the company’s character as a privately held business.
Dr. Winfried Materna, company founder
After pursuing a degree in measurement and control technology at the Gauss Engineering Academy in Berlin (Germany) and electrical engineering and computer science at the Technical University of Berlin, Winfried Materna received his doctorate in computer sciences from the University of Hamburg (Germany). Subsequently, he took over the management of a research project in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Dortmund (Germany). In 1980, he founded Materna GmbH together with his partner Helmut an de Meulen. Both managed the privately held business very successfully for 35 years. Winfried Materna joined the Advisory Board of Materna GmbH on April 1, 2015 and relinquished his management activities.
From 1997 to 2004 Winfried Materna was President and was subsequently appointed Honorary President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Dortmund (Germany). In 2001, the State Premier awarded Winfried Materna the regional North-Rhine Westphalia State Prize for his outstanding services to the modernization of the economy and structural change of the state. In April 2008, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia presented him with the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class. The award recognizes his decisive impulses for the successful transformation of the region and his massive commitment to threatened jobs.
Helmut an de Meulen, company founder
After completing his studies of mathematics and computer sciences at the University of Bonn (Germany), Helmut an de Meulen took on an assistant position at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Dortmund (Germany). In 1980, he founded Materna GmbH together with his partner Dr. Winfried Materna. Both managed the privately held business very successfully for 35 years. Helmut an de Meulen joined the Advisory Board of Materna GmbH on April 1, 2015 and relinquished his management activities. His special focus was international business with communication technologies.
Helmut an de Meulen is involved in various organizations for the promotion of young entrepreneurs. He is particularly interested in strengthening the Ruhr region. In January 2007, he was elected chairman of the association pro Ruhrgebiet e.V.. For many years, he has also been particularly committed to promoting start-ups. Furthermore, an de Meulen is a board member of the support association of the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.