Trumpf Inc, Ditzingen, Germany, has named Kartik Vaidyanathan Iyer Director of its Smart Factory in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA. In this position, Iyer will report directly to Burke Doar, senior vice president of Trumpf Inc and succeeds Markus Zimmermann, who has assumed the role of head of R&D for Trumpf Austria.
Prior to working for Trumpf, Iyer acted as president and CEO of CAD/CAM software provider Metamation Inc. In December 2019, Iyer joined Trumpf Inc as head of the software division for North America, where he worked to expand upon Trumpf’s software strategy. He was also responsible for leading the sales, customer support and order processing teams across all TruConnect software products for the company.
Iyer holds a master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, as well as an executive education certificate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on strategies for leading business transformation.
In his role as Director, Iyer will be responsible for the operation and continuous development of the Trumpf Smart Factory. By utilising the latest company technology to demonstrate industrially viable autonomous factory solutions, he will also help to drive initiatives that allow customers to realise zero unplanned down time.