Jan Popien


Shareholders

They founded A·P·E and lead the company to success.

Jan Popien

Jan Popien

Co-founder of A·P·E
and former CEO
jan_popien@ape-berlin.de

A gifted mathematics student, Jan began his academic career studying cybernetics and electronic engineering at TU Ilmenau. This led him to the Akademie der Wissenschaften, where he worked in the development department of the Zentrum für wissenschaftlichen Gerätebau (Centre of Scientific Equipment Design). Here he joined a team specializing in laser technology and diagnosis, a decision that later led to the foundation of A·P·E.

Based on his experience at the Centre, Jan saw an immediate need for more user-friendly systems, and joined with partners Thomas Lindemann and Edlef Büttner to turn that vision into a company, A·P·E. As Jan explains, the German reunification presented unique opportunities, and it was this spirit of possibility that gave them the confidence to start their own company. .

Until December 2014 Jan was managing director of A·P·E. Since January 2015 he withdraws from everyday business operations and together with the other co-founders he forms a special department which concentrates on strategic and technical tasks forming the future of the company.