LEDs Magazine 40 Under 40 Profile: Timo Bongartz

July 24, 2020
Fluence general manager Timo Bongartz received several nominations, and was described as having "high intrinsic motivation to change the horticultural industry."

Described as a “passionate person with high intrinsic motivation to change the horticultural industry,” Timo Bongartz leads the Fluence Bioengineering (also called Fluence by Osram) business unit in the EMEA region while also participating in and even driving the product and technology development in the company.

He has spent his career focused on the transformation of legacy processes into interconnected digital strategies at companies like Deloitte before joining Osram and focusing on horticulture. He was a key member of team that led the Fluence acquisition, and while he is now primarily focused on his Fluence work, he still advises the Osram horticultural program working on AgTech and also the seven-channel Phytofy platform being used by horticultural researchers.

Bongartz is a prolific speaker in the horticultural sector, having presented at more than 15 conferences around the globe. He has been involved in around 20 patent applications. Still, multiple colleagues said it is Bongartz’s passion for working with the growers that is his greatest contribution. A colleague said, “He is extremely customer focused and he goes over many limits to do everything for our growers.”

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Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.

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Maury Wright | Editor in Chief

Maury Wright is an electronics engineer turned technology journalist, who has focused specifically on the LED & Lighting industry for the past decade. Wright first wrote for LEDs Magazine as a contractor in 2010, and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. He has broad experience in technology areas ranging from microprocessors to digital media to wireless networks that he gained over 30 years in the trade press. Wright has experience running global editorial operations, such as during his tenure as worldwide editorial director of EDN Magazine, and has been instrumental in launching publication websites going back to the earliest days of the Internet. Wright has won numerous industry awards, including multiple ASBPE national awards for B2B journalism excellence, and has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University.