Dr. Roland Gerner is member of the Heraeus Group Management since January 2015 and heads the Global Business Unit Heraeus Chemicals. Before that, he has been Managing Director of the Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG, formally known as W. C. Heraeus, since 2001.
Dr. Roland Gerner was born in 1954 in Höchstadt an der Aisch, Germany. He studied Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and was subsequently awarded a PhD. He commenced his professional career in 1984 as a Laboratory Manager at a leading global precious metals and chemistry group, focusing on metal chemistry research. Following this, he became Departmental Head of a unit specializing in metals research. Having dealt primarily with research and development issues up to this point, in 1993 Dr. Gerner took over responsibility for the central precious metal refinery and its 250 employees.
In 1998, Dr. Gerner moved abroad to accept a new position as Member of the Board of Management of a Brazilian subsidiary of the group. He was directly in charge of the precious metal chemistry (refining and products), ceramic colors, plating technology, semi-finished jewelry products and electronic products divisions. In addition, he oversaw Latin American operations including three production sites in Brazil and Argentina.
Dr. Roland Gerner is married and has two children.