Alfons Riek joined Festo 23 years ago and has held various management positions in Corporate Research, assistant to the CEO, Risk Management and Global Development. He is responsible for technology and innovation in Festo Group Holding. Open and curious, he enthusiastically pursues the idea of making technology usable for people and thus making life easier. Riek is motivated by understanding technology from the ground up, searching for opportunities to innovate it further, and implementing it for people. He is also passionate about outside-in innovation and working closely with startups.