Edition 43 / September 2015

We are Gallus – Jonny Dörig

Following his apprenticeship as an electrician, Jonny Dörig studied electrical engineering while continuing to work and gaining sound professional experience in various positions, including development engineer for machine control systems and head of department, at two well-known Swiss companies. He continued his education with postgraduate studies in economics at FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences. He joined Gallus on 1 May 2015 as Digital Product Manager.


Jonny Dörig


Digital Product Manager


Apprenticeship as an electrician
Degree in electrical engineering 
Postgraduate studies in economics at FHS St. Gallen


Following my electrician’s apprenticeship and a number of years working in facility management, I combined my engineering studies with a job as a technical assistant at Optimatik in Gais in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. I started working at Pantec Engineering AG in Ruggell, Liechtenstein, in 2001 and spent 14 fascinating years there – initially developing machine control systems, subsequently as a key account manager and, from 2010 onwards, as head of the Automation Business Unit.


Hiking, above all in the local Alpstein Mountains in the eastern part of the Swiss Alps
Singing in a men’s choir


Married to Nadia

Can you describe an average day as Digital Product Manager?

Since taking on this position in May this year, my days have mainly revolved around my training in (digital) printing technology and Gallus processes. I’ve also been familiarising myself with the label market and the Gallus and Heidelberg organisations. During this brief period, I’ve met and established the beginnings of a good working relationship with a great many interesting people. Almost every day, I also get to witness and help shape the progress in further developing our Gallus DCS 340 digital press and its first field test.

How do you meet the tough quality demands of customers and Gallus in your day-to-day work?

I see it as part of my responsibility to identify or be informed of irregularities in processes and products and to work with my colleagues to eliminate these “anomalies” to the satisfaction of our customers and partners. For years, I’ve worked on the premise that people who spot a problem but do nothing to help resolve it are themselves part of the problem.

How do you ensure you remain creative and at the cutting edge in your day-to-day work?

I’m not spontaneously creative and a great deal of my work ends up in the bin before workable approaches to a specific issue finally present themselves. In my experience, discussions between small groups of people with backgrounds that are as different as possible produce the most innovative solutions to complex problems. I personally am at my most creative when I’m out walking after work. I usually walk on my own and suddenly realise that not only have I found a solution, but I’ve also arrived at my destination without knowing exactly how...

What do you see as your greatest challenges?

The biggest challenge is being quick to take the right decisions based on customer needs in a market that is changing faster all the time. Decision-making involves branching out in a new direction. Consciously embarking upon a specific course enables us to launch viable products with limited resources that give our customers the potential to succeed, and also to provide excellent service support.

How do you switch off? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I normally start the working day early, so once I’ve finished I often go on a 1½-hour walk. The route I choose mostly depends on the weather (or how deep the snow is). We often walk at the weekends, too. My wife and I also enjoy having a nice evening meal accompanied by a fine wine. Nadia is a trained chef, so this can be at home or at a good restaurant. Another important part of my life is going to the pubs in Brülisau where we live and keeping up on local news and developments. 

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