The people behind Actyx

Oliver Stollmann
Founder / Chief Executive Officer

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Oliver is a mechanical engineer by education and a software enthousiast by heart. He completed his studies at the ETH Zurich and has worked at Miele, Audi, ABB and Xerox PARC before starting Actyx.

Maximilian Fischer

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Max is a mechanical engineer fascinated by improving manufacturing processes with software. He completed his studies at ETH Zurich, Caltech, Duke and EPFL Lausanne. Before co-founding Actyx, he was doing research in the area of physical chemistry.

Dr. Roland Kuhn
Founder / Chief Technology Officer

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Roland is a physicist turned software engineer with an appetite for distributed systems. He worked in the space industry and led the Akka team at Lightbend before co-founding Actyx.

Raimund Diederichs
Chairman of the Board

Raimund is a mechanical engineer from the RWTH Aachen and former Senior Director at McKinsey in Munich, Vienna and Beijing with 27 years experience in supply chain and manufacturing. He is in the board of directors of several companies and a lecturer at TU Graz.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite
Supervisory Board Member


Jürgen is a professor for computer networks at the OWL University of Applied Sciences, and head of Fraunhofer IOSB-INA. Previously, was head of R&D for automation at Phoenix Contact. Jürgen is initiator of the SmartFactoryOWL and a thought-leader of the Industry 4.0 movement.

Rolf Mathies
Supervisory Board Member

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Rolf is an experienced investor in high-tech startups. As one of the founders of Earlybird he helped establish the German venture capital scene. Rolf enjoys investing in high-tech software and health-care companies.

Christian Buchenau
Supervisory Board Member

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Christian is founder and partner of Paua Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on B2B software companies, with a special interest in industrial startups. Christian has made several investments in startups such as Stripe, Pipedrive and Wandelbots.

Rüdiger Klaehn
Senior Software Engineer

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Rüdiger has 20 years of experience writing software. Before joining Actyx, he worked in the space industry for 11 years. He was a member of the space mission planning group of the German Space Operation Center and co-developer the mission planning system of the TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X missions. Rüdiger also built the telemetry display for the Columbus ISS module. He is an active in open source and maintainer of the spire algebra library.

Maximilian Haushofer
Solution Architect


Max started at Actyx in 2016 with an internship that sparked his passion for technology and the manufacturing sector. Before joining Actyx, Max completed his studies in Finance/Business Administration at LMU Munich and Bocconi University.

Oliver Wangler
Software Engineer

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Oliver is a mechanical engineer from the Technical University of Munich. During his studies he focused on industrial automation, control theory, and software engineering. Before joining Actyx, Oliver worked with a number of leading machine manufacturers, helping to lift their offerings into the digital manufacturing era.

Mario Camou
Software Engineer

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Mario is a generalist by heart with a penchant for automation and Systems Reliability Engineering. Before joining Actyx he studied Computer Systems Engineering at ITESM-CEM and worked, among other places, at EDS, Sun Microsystems, and eBay

Andre Ruediger
Software Engineer

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André is a software engineer with over 15 years of experience in the enterprise software industry and enjoys pondering over distributed systems and functional programming. Before joining Actyx, he developed complex enterprise applications in the health and geo-informatics space.

Nikita Moshensky
Software Engineer

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Nikita is an electrical engineer with over 10 years of experience in the software industry. He has gained significant expertise in modern web technologies and frameworks/libraries.

Diana Hahnel
Management Assistant

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Diana is a trained industrial business management assistant with several years of experience in companies like MMM GmbH and BO-Systems. In addition to starting a family, she spent 3 years in England and 5 years in China, which broadened her personal and professional horizon.

Christopher Ziegler
Senior Partner Manager

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Chris is passionate about helping manufacturing companies innovate to improve their competitiveness. He has a background in political science/economics and has worked at Porsche, Henkel, the European Commission and AWS before joining Actyx.

Simone Poggiali
Software Engineer

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Simone is a senior frontend developer skilled in UX/UI design with 20 years of experience. He has significant experience in web technologies and worked on different projects used by thousands of users including customer as O2 and Siemens.

Dr. Jan Pustelnik
Software Engineer

Jan is a mathematician from the University of Lodz, turned programmer. He is an expert in embedded, numerical and distributed systems. Before joining Actyx, he developed engineering as well as high-scale banking and automated trading software at mBank, Bank Pocztowy and GFT. He has contributed to multiple open-source projects, incl. Akka, Kafka and Flink.

Angelika Dindorfer
Team Assistant

Angelika is a business economist with experience in accounting, logistics and human resources. She is a volunteer in several family institutions. She has spent time studying and working in Spain and USA during and before her studies at University of Applied Science in Munich. She has been with Actyx since 2018.

Niels Denefleh
Chief of Staff

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Niels is a former EY Innovalue strategy consultant that at one point decided it’s more fun to build things rather than advise on them. Before joining Actyx he worked as CFO at Shore.

Diego Rodriguez
Software Engineer


Diego is a fullstack software engineer with experience in modern web development and big data. Before joining Actyx he was dealing with the challenges of big data processing at Yelp.

Benjamin Sieffert
Software Engineer


Benjamin has been working as a software engineer since 2012, with experience across many technologies. Most of it he gathered at a real-time bidding startup that was bought by Zalando. He enjoys pondering edge cases and coming up with code that does one thing, and one thing well.

Björn Antonsson
Software Engineer

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Björn is a computer sciencist from the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology, with more than 20 years of experience of writing commercial and open source software. He is passionate about solving demanding real world problems involving distributed systems and streaming data. Before joining Actyx, he worked at Lightbend on the Akka project, and was one of the founders of the commercial JRockit JVM.

Federico Ponzi
Software Engineer

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Federico is a software engineer with a strong interest in building reliable distributed systems. He has an MSc from La Sapienza and worked as a Big Data Engineer before joining Actyx.

Tom Granot-Scalosub
Software Engineer

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Tom is a former hedge fund analyst turned programmer. Before diving head-first into software development, he has worked for Gilboa Fund of Funds and served as an army officer for 4 years, and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s in Computer Science at the IDC.

Alexander Halemba
Software Engineer

Alexander has been working as a software engineer since 2007. Before joining Actyx and enjoying distributeded-system programming, he worked with different companies focusing on big data and high performance/availability computing.

Nicolas Kiefer
Product Manager

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Nicolas started at Actyx as a working student in UX design in 2016. Now, after finishing his MSc in Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging at UCL, he joined Actyx full-time as a Product Manager with a strong background in UX design and Computer Vision.