President, EARTO and Managing Director, Political and International Affairs, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Frank Treppe was born in 1956. His professional background is mechanical engineering. He graduated at the Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany.
His professional career started in 1982 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen. Since then, he has served in various managing positions at different Fraunhofer Institutes and companies in Germany and in the United States.
On behalf of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Frank Treppe was in charge for the incorporation and operation of Fraunhofer USA. As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Fraunhofer USA, he initiated the launch of six Fraunhofer research centers.
When Frank Treppe left Fraunhofer USA, he set up a company of his own in Michigan which later on founded together with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and others an additional technology marketing firm in Germany.
Today, Frank Treppe is member of Fraunhofer’s top management team at its Headquarters in Munich. As an Associate Member of the Board and Director Corporate Strategy and International Affairs of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, he is in charge of Fraunhofer’s strategic business development.
In this capacity, Frank Treppe has a wide range of domestic and international responsibilities. He is President of Fraunhofer USA, Chairman of Fraunhofer UK and Fraunhofer Chile and Member of the Supervisory Board of Fraunhofer Austria and Fraunhofer Sweden.
In addition, Frank Treppe is Member of the Board and President of EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations, and he serves as evaluator in the technology programs of the European Commission.