Heinz Mayer has been CEO of JOANNEUM RESEARCH since 2021. He graduated from Graz University of Technology with a master degree in Telematics and a doctoral degree. From 2001 to 2007 he worked for the automotive industry holding different positions in the area of information management, Finally as head of the engineering information management division at MAGNA STEYR. Apart from his professional activities during 2003-2005 he was industry coordinator of the work area “Virtual Engineering” at the competence center "The Virtual Vehicle". Since 2007 he has been with JOANNEUM RESEARCH. In 2013 he gained the responsibility of leading the institute DIGITAL and in 2021 he was appointed CEO. Digital technologies are one of the core business areas of JOANNEUM RESEARCH and are therefore part of his current responsibilities. Heinz Mayer is a founder, holds several patents and is member of the professional organizations IEEE and ACM and member of the strategic community of the Austrian government.