Bodo Fütterer: An exceptionally talented engineer and innovator

07 February 2018

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Bodo Fütterer: An exceptionally talented engineer and innovatorOn February 1, 2018, the maxon motor group’s longtime CEO and chairman of the board of directors passed away at the age of 91. The story of the maxon motor group could not have been written without Bodo Fütterer. He was one of the key figures who made the company a global market leader in the development and production of high-quality drive components and systems.

After completing his studies as a mechanical engineer, Bodo Fütterer joined Braun AG, where he further developed and perfected the company’s bestseller: the legendary, cigarette packet-sized Braun mini shaver. He quickly made a name for himself as a terrific, innovative designer and engineer. So after Interelectric AG was founded in Sachseln in 1961 it was a logical next step for him to take on the task of driving forward the company’s development. Bodo Fütterer took up his duties as delegate of the board of directors and managing director of Interelectric AG midway through 1963.

After selling Braun AG to Gillette, Erwin Braun decided that Interelectric should focus on the development and production of high-performance drives in future. Under Bodo Fütterer’s leadership, the company developed in leaps and bounds. On 1 January 1973, he assumed chairmanship of the board of directors alongside his role as CEO, and served in this office until 30 June 2004. For his invaluable work for the company, he was awarded the title of Honorary Chairman.

However, he never entirely left his operational duties behind him. Even after he retired, he continued to devote himself to various special tasks, such as the development of high-tech ceramics. Bodo Fütterer, an enthusiastic glider pilot throughout his life, and an informed and entertaining conversational partner, died peacefully in his sleep after a long and fulfilling life. He will be remembered by everyone who came across him as an innovative engineer and wonderful person.

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