Optima Corporation names new managing director

Industry veteran Uli Unterriker has been hired as Optima Corporation’s new managing director.

Uli Unterriker was named the new Managing Director for Optima USA.

After graduating from the University of Stuttgart (Dipl-Ing. Maschinenbau), Unterriker started his career in the automotive industry. In 1996, he moved to Detroit, becoming the first account manager for Mahle Filter in North America.

He started working for a leading German company that manufactured packaging machines in 2000 as an area sales manager, responsible for new machine sales in Scandinavia and parts of Southern Europe.

From 2001 to 2007, Unterriker started working for the same company in Minneapolis, MN, where he was responsible for the Pharma solid product group, including new machine sales, application engineering, and product management.

In 2007, he joined the Hudson-Sharp Machine Company, as director of sales, America, which in 2009, became the bag converting business unit of Thiele Technologies. The last position he held during his time with Thiele was vice president of the Bag Converting Business Unit.

Unterriker was born and raised in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. In addition to his engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart, he holds an executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.

“Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and supporting the sports activities of our two boys. Other favorite activities of mine include bicycling, skiing, and golfing. I’m looking forward to this new challenge at Optima Corporation in Green Bay,” Unterriker says.

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