The AVANCIS management team Far-sighted expertise for efficient and sustainable solar technology

Oliver Just (CEO)

“AVANCIS has repeatedly impressively demonstrated the potential of CIS technology and will continue to expand this through consistent cost reduction while maintaining our high quality standards.”


About Oliver Just

Oliver Just graduated from the Berlin School of Economics with a degree in business administration and held various management roles in the Beiersdorf Group between 1994 and 2007. From 2002, he worked as commercial manager in charge of Florena Cosmetic GmbH. In 2007, he moved to the post of CFO, authorised signatory, at AVANCIS, and has also been Managing Director since 2014.

Dr. Jörg Palm (CTO)

“Our high technical standard and our aspiration towards continuous improvement is the result of our consistent passion for our product.”

About Dr. Jörg Palm

Dr Jörg Palm earned his PhD in solid-state physics from the University of Cologne and worked as a Post Doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston for two years. He began working with silicon photovoltaics as a development engineer for silicon crystal growth and cell optimisation at Siemens AG. In 2000, he moved to CIS thin film pilot testing and was instrumental in the development and industrialisation of CIS thin film technology at Siemens Solar, Shell Solar and AVANCIS. Before becoming CTO, he was the head of Process Development at AVANCIS.

Dr. Ernst-Christian Richter (COO)

“Technical perfection, top quality requirements and the enthusiasm for our sophisticated production processes make our manufacturing and products unique.”

About Dr. Ernst-Christian Richter

As Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Ernst-Christian Richter leads the production site at the headquarters in Torgau. After completing his university studies in chemistry and materials science in Regensburg, Kent and Siegen, he started his career in 1998 in microelectronics including positions at Siemens, Infineon Technologies and Qimonda. In 2009, the graduate chemist changed into photovoltaics, where he was responsible for the production launch of a thin film factory in Taiwan for Centrotherm. He joined Avancis in 2011 in order to lead the CIGS factory building and technology transfer to South Korea. After his return to Germany, Dr. Richter established Avancis´ Technology Center for the product development and implemented the small series production, before taking over the position as COO.