Gunther Wobser has been based in Mountain View since July 2017. He has been running Germany based LAUDA for more than 20 years and is the CEO and main shareholder of the group. LAUDA employees 430 people and generates approximately USD 90 million in annual sales and is the global leader in innovative constant temperature equipment and systems for science, application technology and production. Gunther Wobser is driven by entrepreneurship and innovation. He holds several patents and has recently founded a startup promoting his own patented furniture. Ignited by perspective gained from living in Silicon Valley, he is currently focused on transforming his company to the digital age. At the end of 2017, he opened an innovation lab in Sunnyvale where he is establishing a team working on new ideas and partnering with startups. Back in Germany, he also owns a boutique hotel with a fine-dining restaurant and a winery which is managed by his wife. Gunther holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and a PhD in Economics from the Technical University of Freiberg, Germany.