Torqeedo's technological market leadership continues apace under Ralf's guidance. With a wealth of experience from managing production and manufacturing processes in the technology sector, as CTO he is responsible for all technical areas at Torqeedo, ranging from research & development and procurement to quality, production and service. In his function as COO, Ralf also oversees Torqeedo's operational structures and processes and their continuous optimization. Ralf worked in a number of senior management positions before joining Torqeedo. At Q-Cells, a global leader in the solar industry, he led central corporate divisions in a number of different functions such as Senior Vice President Planning & Supply Chain Management and Director Business Management, Engineering & Planning. During this period he was in charge of organizations with a staff of up to 250 employees, he was responsible for handling purchasing volumes of up to 500 m Euros per annum, and he set up a manufacturing line in Malaysia. He also worked in various positions at Infineon Technologies, Europe's second largest semiconductor manufacturer. He led research and development for IC Packages and was responsible for technology and production in one of Infineon's wafer fabrication plants. Physics and mathematics form the basis of his sound education in Germany and Japan. He graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart and gained a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.