Sebastian Vögel appointed new CEO and Managing Director of ip.labs

Sebastian Vögel, CEO and Managing Director of ip.labs

Sebastian Vögel, CEO and Managing Director of ip.labs

Sebastian Vögel (39) has been appointed CEO and Managing Director of ip.labs, Bonn, a market-leading provider of online photo solutions which is a fully owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Europe GmbH. He succeeds Georg Sommershof, who will hand over his managerial responsibilities and resign as Managing Director by end of October 2015. Sommershof will continue to assist the company in an advisory capacity. The change became effective as of 1 September 2015.

Vögel graduated in Computer Science at Dortmund University as well as Theoretical Medicine at Ruhr University Bochum. He has held various senior executive management positions in the IT and telecommunications industry.

Before joining ip.labs, Vögel was Area Vice President with CompuGroup Medical, one of the worldwide leading e-health enterprises. He built a startup organisation for consumer e-health services and developed a product portfolio with strong focus on B2C social media marketing. At Deutsche Telekom, Vögel was accountable for its initial market entry into the cloud business. He successfully launched numerous mass market consumer services, e.g. hosting and payment solutions. In his last position at Deutsche Telekom he was Vice President of Capex Program Management and Program Steering. There he was accountable for planning and implementing a multi-billion Euro investment budget for the Department of Technology of Deutsche Telekom in Germany.

Vögel brings with him the specific knowledge and extensive experience, which is essential in order to contribute to the further development of Fujifilm’s software business.  “I am delighted to join ip.labs, a great company with superior products in the online photo business” says Vögel. “I see a bright future for this company, because it is at the core of Fujifilm’s software strategy and will significantly contribute for the challenging projects of the European Photo Imaging Division. The area of social media and smart phones has immense potential and relies on sharing emotions in the form of photos. This will provide additional opportunities for further growth of ip.labs and its customers.”