Thomas Lichtenberger

Partner Executive Business Leadership

About Thomas

Thomas is a senior strategic advisor and senior management executive with more than 25 years’ experience and a leadership track record of generating sustainable sales growth and EBIT in the dynamic global automation technology marketplace, having led major organizational transformations in Germany, Canada and USA.

Thomas is passionate about innovation and technology and equally dedicated to bring businesses to the next level by developing and implementing targeted growth strategies and optimizing the P&L.

Thomas Lichtenberger has dedicated his career to advancing the global automation industry. As CEO of Festo Didactic Inc., a leading provider of advanced solutions for technical and industrial education, Thomas was responsible for all market and sales activities in North America. As an advocate for career and technical education, he possesses unique skills and experience to improve workforce development and Industry 4.0 career-readiness.

Prior to joining Festo Didactic, Thomas served as President and CEO for Festo Canada where he oversaw all business activities of the automation market. He led the organization into a profitable and successfully focused company that became the market leader in Canada. Before moving to Canada in 2008, Thomas held several senior management positions in Festo’s headquarters in Germany.

Thomas lives on the New Jersey shore with his family where he enjoys kayaking and coastal living.

Thomas holds an executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration in Zurich, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Karlsruhe, Germany and a BS of Business Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Esslingen.


  • Industrial Technology
  • Technical Education
  • IIoT/Industry 4.0
  • Executive Leadership
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Turn-Around Management
  • P&L Management
  • Performance Improvement
  • Sales Management
  • Channel Management
  • Business Development
  • New Business Fields
  • Post M&A Integration
  • Business Transformation
  • Culture & Change Initiatives