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Raoul Wijgergangs takes EnOcean CEO reins from Andreas Schneider

Aug. 24, 2021
Raoul Wijgergangs was appointed EnOcean's CEO on August 1, succeeding co-founder Andreas Schneider. In this role, Wijgergangs will further expand EnOcean's position in the field of battery-free radio technology and wireless solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

After 20 years, the past five of them as managing director of EnOcean, co-founder Andreas Schneider has left the company at his own request to take on new entrepreneurial challenges. His successor, Wijgergangs, has more than 20 years of experience in the IoT industry and is also a co-founder of the Z-Wave Alliance.

"I would like to personally thank Andreas Schneider for his constant commitment and tireless dedication to the company and every single employee,” said Dr. Peter Klein, CFO, EnOcean. “Under his leadership EnOcean has been able to expand and consolidate its market position even further. The fact that we as a company have successfully come through the Corona crisis confirms this. The entire EnOcean team and I wish him all the best for the future. At the same time, I am looking forward to the upcoming collaboration with Raoul Wijgergangs as the new CEO and I am sure that together we will build on the outstanding work of Andreas Schneider."

Wijgergangs expressed what an honor it is to be selected by the management board to succeed Schneider. “I am very much looking forward to this new professional chapter,” he explained. “As the world leader in sustainable IoT, EnOcean will certainly be even more in demand in the coming months and years. With that in mind I see great opportunities not only in the commercial real estate but also in the industrial IoT. What’s more, the company’s focus on interoperability with products supporting the EnOcean radio standard, Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee Green Power makes it a real IoT powerhouse. I thank Andreas Schneider for his successful work over the last years, without him EnOcean would certainly not be where the company is today. And of course I’m very much looking forward to be working with such an innovative team with a strong expertise and great technical know-how."

Before joining EnOcean, Wijgergangs was CEO at Disruptive Technologies in Oslo, Norway, and worked as vice president/general manager at Silicon Labs, headquartered in Austin, Texas, as well as vice president/general manager of the Z-Wave business unit at Sigma Designs in Copenhagen, Denmark, to name but a few positions.

Wijgergangs studied electrical engineering and computer science at H.T.S.’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and completed his MBA at the Twente School of Management, University of Twente, Netherlands.