That's Me.
That's Leica.

For over one hundred years now, Leica Camera have stood for tradition, precision and innovation. The real strength behind the brand, however, are the many people around the globe, whose expertise, love and passion ensure that Leica can concentrate on what counts – das Wesentliche, the essential in photography. From the lens grinder to the director, from the gallery owner to the marketing manager – every week five Leica employees from all over the world will tell you for the next four weeks why they are proud to work for Leica.

“My team is like my family”
Katharina Theiß

"I have been working for Leica since 2006. In 2012 I took over the responsibility for the M camera line, as team leader at the plant in Wetzlar. My team is like my family. Together we are strong, and together we do our best every day to achieve the highest results. I am very proud to work in this team and in the surroundings here in Wetzlar." Katharina Theiß, Leica Camera AG

“I made my passion my job”
Andrea Pacella

"My passion for photography drove me to start working at Leica 28 years ago, as a junior marketing director in Italy. Today I’m at Wetzlar headquarters, the “mother ship”, serving as Director of Global Marketing & Communication, connecting daily with photography lovers and master professionals, our global Leica family. I made my passion my job – what more could I ask for… That’s me, that’s Leica!" Andrea Pacella, Leica Camera AG

“A passion for the picture”
Oliver Zielberg

I’m a child of the photo industry. While I was training professionally at Minox in the eighties, I was captivated by a passion for the picture, which has never let me go. After completing technical studies, I found my way indirectly to Leica – a company with a fascinating history – in 1996, and since then I’ve been part of a wonderful team developing great cameras for our clients. Oliver Zielberg, Leica Camera AG

“Culture and team spirit”
Pedro Gonçalves

"I’ve been with Leica for one year. My passion for photography and for premium products was what motivated me to join this company, and I’m continuously fascinated by the culture and team spirit that exists." Pedro Gonçalves, QS – Production Support, Leica Camera Portugal

“To fix light in its heart”
Jean-Jacques Karatchian

"Everything comes from light. Leica knows better than anyone how to fix light in its heart. This light will stay for eternity, in the eyes of our hearts. I’ve been working at the Leica mother ship for 11 years, unveiling the S and SL systems. The S and SL, the Queens of Queens, are the most beautiful cameras in the world. Their eyes are unique, bewitching. My role as International Sales Area Manager for Sales Professional is to make their international admirers fall in love, and marry them. To own a Leica is to enter into another dimension of life." Jean-Jacques Karatchian, Leica Camera AG

“The genuine passion of our employees”
Dr. Andreas Kaufmann

"Sometimes I think, the main quality at Leica Camera Group is the genuine passion of our employees – oh, by the way, I’m not an employee of Leica, but since 2004 I see myself as a necessary part of our long and winding road to deliver ‘das Wesentliche’! That’s me, that’s Leica.” Leica Camera AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board

“Passion for the brand and the art of photography”
Ryan Williams

"My Leica journey started in 2007 as the Australian distributor. In 2013 we opened the subsidiary company, Leica Camera Australia. One thing that is unmistakable about working at Leica, is the immense passion our people share for this legendary brand and for the art of photography." Ryan Williams, Managing Director for Leica Australia

“Passionate about the uniqueness of its heritage”
Pedro Oliveira

"I have been with Leica since April 2000, and I’m very proud to be part of this family, and passionate about the uniqueness of its heritage, its culture, the products, the craftsmanship and, at the same time, the aim for innovation." Pedro Oliveira, Managing Director/Plant Manager for Leica Camera Portugal

“A working family”
Gülten Baumann

"Leica has always been an iconic and fascinating brand to me – even before I started my career as a Sales Assistant at Leica 20 years ago. It is a company that embraces its employees’ valuable qualities and skills. Like a working family with its heart in everything it does. I am proud to be part of that family." Gülten Baumann, Managing Director for Leica Camera Switzerland

“Pride and kindness”
Victor Costa

"I started working for Leica in Portugal seven years ago (for the 2nd time!), as Head of Logistics. This job needs ability and focus. The result, well the result is… pride and kindness!" Victor Costa, Leica Camera Portugal

“Concentrate on the essentials”
Jochen Schädlich

"My career at Leica started 15 years ago in quality management as a test engineer in the laboratory for digital system cameras. I am currently leading an experienced team of quality managers for the heart of Leica – the M camera. Transforming the qualitative precision of analogue mechanics into the complexity of the digital age, while maintaining the simplicity of operation for the customer, is what drives me. The Leica photographer should be able to concentrate on the essentials: the motif, the moment – in short: photography." Jochen Schädlich, Leica Camera AG

“A constant inspiration”
Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

"With two decades of continuous, curatorial practice in the non-profit and academic sector, I joined Leica Camera USA as Curator & Gallery Manager of the Leica Gallery Boston in 2017. The Leica community and its amazing worldwide network of galleries have been a constant inspiration!" Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Leica Gallery Boston

“Employees striving for perfection”
Edgar Zimmermann

"For me, the company stands for the way the employees strive tirelessly for perfection. What’s important is that the basis for this, the mutual respect and appreciation, is experienced by all the staff. From my experience as part of the workers’ council, this wholistic way of thinking is what guarantees the high quality and, as a result, customer satisfaction." Edgar Zimmermann, Leica Camera AG (recently retired)

“Ahead when it comes to innovative production processes”
Renato Silva

"It was my first job, which I started 20 years ago. I’ve always enjoyed working here, because the company is always ahead when it comes to innovative production processes and technologies." Renato Silva, Leica Camera Portugal, Group Leader Automatic Lathe

"A life-long love of Leica"
Roger Horn

"I have been with Leica in the USA for over 46 years. A life-long love of Leica, that is perfectly framed by my passion and pride for what I do, and with whom I do it – at Leica Camera." Roger Horn, Managing Director for Leica USA

“To bring things to perfection”
Peter Schreiner

"In 2006 I finished my degree as an electrical technician. I started working for Leica as a process engineer in 2010. Since 2015, I am Head of Camera Assembly at the plant in Wetzlar. I love to bring things to perfection. This is exactly Leica." Peter Schreiner, Leica Camera AG

“Make customers family members”
Sunil Kaul

"My journey with the Leica brand started in January 2007. I set-up the Leica office in Asia in 2008, followed by other subsidiaries and the opening of more than 14 stores. We changed the way we treated our customers and partners, making them friends and family members. It’s a challenging journey; but they say that when you love what you do it’s not a job any more. It’s an honour to be a part of this team and unique brand, and I’m so grateful to meet fantastic people on a daily basis." Sunil Kaul, Managing Director for Leica Camera Asia Pacific

“I love the job”
Ana Márcia Almeida

"I started working for Leica 23 years ago after finishing school. I love my job as a lens edge sander, and, in fact, being at Leica is like being with my family." Ana Márcia Almeida, Leica Camera Portugal

“Meet people who love Leica”
Kazunori Fuke

"In April 2007, just 13 years ago, I moved from Hermès Japan to Leica Camera Japan, which was a joint-venture of Hermès and Leica. Both companies share craftsmanship as a common value. There are so many things I like about Leica, but for me the best one is that I have the chance to meet so many different, wonderful people who love Leica! I still continue on this unique and happy journey." Kazunori Fuke, Managing Director for Leica Camera Japan

“This traditional company fascinates me”
Uwe Henß

"I started my education in precision engineering at Leitz Wetzlar in 1982, and I was part of the launch of Leica Camera AG in Wetzlar in 1986. I have been fascinated by this traditional company ever since, and I am very proud to work here for Leica in Wetzlar." Uwe Henß, Leica Camera AG

“Proud to be a part of the World of Leica”
Nadine Thomas

"I’ve been working as Service Expert in the Human Resources department at Leica Camera AG headquarters in Wetzlar for 17 years. For me it’s more than just a work place. I’m proud to be a part of the World of Leica. Through my job, I meet many new and diverse people. I like people, numbers, and I’m open for challenges. I love my job! I enjoy my passion for photography during my spare time." Nadine Thomas, Leica Camera AG