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Walter was appointed CEO of Element Six on 8th March 2013 and simultaneously appointed to the De Beers Group Executive Committee.
Walter joined Element Six in 2008 to lead the Advanced Materials Division and took on Directorship of Technologies in 2011. Walter holds Masters Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Business Administration from Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. Walter has held a number of roles across the telecommunications and information technology industry. He worked in Fujitsu Computers where he was Director of their Major Account Business, driving new product and services offerings. Following this, he served as Managing Director of Motorola Germany, as well as positions where he established Motorola’s international Key Account organisation for Network Operators, and was part of the development of Motorola’s new Global Consumer Marketing initiatives. Before joining Element Six, Walter was engaged in the start-up of a Norwegian telecommunications software company.