Horst G. Sandfort
Creative and experienced Senior Executive, recognized as: successful team leader, manager of innovations from concept to domestic market acceptance and international market penetration. Change agent for economically demanding company restructuring cases.
2002 until today
Founder, Managing Director, HGS International Consulting Ltd.
retired from big business assignments. Focus on smaller projects.
2006 - 2016
Taser International Inc. (today Axon Enterprises, Inc.) Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Established market presence in Continental Europe for TASER CEW’s, AXON Body Cameras and Evidence Software management solutions. Set up TASER International Europe S.E. in Frankfurt a. Main, Germany, to support Continental European Government Agencies.
Zircon Corp. Campbell, CA USA
Restructured a privately held, family owned company, from losses to profitability. Location Campbell, CA, USA (acting CEO). Handover to eldest son of owner family.
CORINEX Corp., Bratislava, Slovak Republic,
Grew an Engineering company by adding marketing and sales capabilities. Location Bratislava, Slovak Republic (acting President). Handover to owner.
CEO, President Intellon Corp., Ocala, Florida, USA
Transferred an innovative Engineering company by adding a sales and marketing Organisation, with focus on domestic and international business development. Established PLC4TRUCKS consortium to enable a coupling communications standard over the electrical wires between truck and trailer to control ABS breaks, meeting a new NTHC standard with an Intellon P485 chip set. Founded HomePlug organization as a Communications Standard for powerline communications worldwide Intellon communications Chipsets were first to support HomePlug Standards. Prepared company for IPO on NASDAQ . NASDAQ approval received in December 2000. Unfortunately the financial markets collapsed. The Intellon Board of Directors decided not to go public. Resigned as CEO, returned to Germany and started consulting activities.
President, Gatefield Corp., Fremont, CA., USA
Transferred a local Engineering company with Paradigm shifting patents into a global player by licensing its technology (reprogrammable non volatile memories, based upon C-mos technology) to world leading chip manufactures (Rohm, Siemens)
Executive Vice President Global Markets, LSI LOGIC Corp. Milpitas, CA, USA
President LSI Logic Europe PLC. Sidcup, Kent, United Kingdom
General Manager, LSI LOGIC GmbH, Munich, Germany
1985 and 1991
Implemented Paradigm shifting custom chip design facilities in Munich, Paris, Milano, Madrid
Moving the business from initial revenues in Europe of 15 to 200 Million US Dollars.
1990 and 1992
Expanded the global business for LSI Logic Corp.
from about 500 to 750 Million US Dollars. Left LSI in a dispute over CEO succession.
VP Marketing Europe at Fairchild - a Schlumberger Company - located in Paris, France
Prepared internal and external customer focus from bipolar based system designs to c-mos.
Director International Marketing Europe at Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., Mountain, View, CA. USA - located in Mountain View
Managed the introduction of electronic ignition chips in cooperation with BOSCH, Germany, as assembler. Initial customer VW in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Managing Director, Geschäftsführer, Fairchild Consumer Products GmbH, Frankfurt a. M. Germany
introduced digital watches into Europe. Starting a watch assembly factory line in Frankfurt. The business grew from initial presentations to major retail channels to acceptance further to a European wide retail presence. First year revenues: US $ 2 M. p.a. End of 1977: $ 15 M. p.a. Fairchild USA decided to exit the consumer business. The subsidiary in Frankfurt closed.
Managing Director, Geschäftsführer, Litronix GmbH. Frankfurt am Main
started a sales and marketing Organisation from ground up to sell Litronix electronic calculators into Europe in competition to Texas Instruments. Litronix, Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. was first in using C-Mos based chip sets and low power LED displays. The business grew from scratch to $ 10 M by end 1975. Siemens acquired Litronix Inc. and exited the consumer business.
General Manager Germany, Texas Instruments Calculator Division, Freising, Germany
managed the successful introduction of the first electronic calculator ‚Datamath‘ into Germany. Followed by the first scientific ‚slide rule calculator‘ SR 10. Layed the ground work for en entirely new field of business for Texas Instruments in Germany, replacing classical slide rules and ‚Walther‘ mechanical adding machines.
1968 - 1969
Sales Manager Central Germany, Texas Instruments Supply Group (TISCO), Frankfurt, Germany
managed and sold first digital, Bipolar Integrated Circuits: Texas Instruments SN 74..Series, Linear Amplifiers SN 72… / SN 75… Series and Gallium Arsenid numeric indicators to German digital instrument manufacturers. Changed their older developments based upon Relais and Nixie Tube solutions.
Sales Manager Tenside, Hoechst AG, Sales Office Hamburg
set up customer relationships between Oil Refineries, Cosmetics and detergent manufacturers with Hoechst AG Headquarters, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
Economics student at Hoechst Academy, Frankfurt, Master degree Business Administration (Industriekaufmann)
1957 - April 1964
Senior High School, (Gymnasium) Nordhorn, Germany - Abitur