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Change on the Executive Board of JENOPTIK AG. Dr. Michael Mertin succeeds Norbert Thiel as Director Technology

At its meeting today the Supervisory Board of JENOPTIK AG appointed Dr. Michael Mertin as ordinary member of the Executive Board with effect from October 1, 2006.

In his new role as Director Technology/Operating Business (Chief Operating Officer - COO) of JENOPTIK AG, he will succeed Norbert Thiel who will be turning his attention to new tasks outside Jenoptik, as planned, after nine years in management positions.

Dr. Michael Mertin will be responsible for and drive forward the continuing expansion of the three operating divisions. In his future role he will also be responsible for the research and development, environmental management and central marketing of the Jenoptik Group. Dr. Michael Mertin comes from the Zeiss Group where he has held various leading positions since 1996.

The Supervisory Board and the Management of JENOPTIK AG would like to thank Norbert Thiel for his years of contribution towards the development and restructuring of the Thuringian technology group. Norbert Thiel will retain a link with the Jenoptik Group in an advisory capacity in the area of nanotechnology. Together with his successor he will ensure a smooth transition.

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