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Christoph Wiesner takes the reins at TWI

30 June 2010

Christoph Wiesner has been appointed chief executive of research and technology organisation, TWI. He succeeds Bob John who, for the past six years, has presided over the expansion of TWI both in the UK and overseas.

Dr Wiesner joined TWI in 1991 after obtaining his materials engineering degree in Germany and his doctorate at the Swiss Institute of Technology. He worked for twelve years in TWI's Structural Integrity Group, first as Senior Project Leader and later in Section and Group management roles, before being appointed TWI Research & Technology Director in 2003. Much of his early research and consulting work has been in the application and development of structural assessment and test methods. More recently, his focus has been on people, business and innovation management as a key member of TWI's Executive Board team.

He oversaw the growth in TWI's Technology Programme value through publicly funded programmes, both from the UK and the EU and took a leading role in the TWI's externally accredited management systems.

Experiences and networking activities include contributions to, and chairmanship of, BSI and CEN standardisation committees and the UK Technical Advisory Group on the Structural Integrity of High Integrity Plant (TAGSI); membership of the Board of Directors and chairmanship of the Technical Management Board of the International Institute of Welding (IIW); membership of four journal editorial boards in the area of welding & joining and structural integrity; as well as contributions to international technical advisory boards.

Christoph Wiesner is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a recipient of The Welding Insitute's Lidstone Medal in 1999, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and The Welding Institute.

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