Rainer Birkenbach, born 1968, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Brainlab since 1998. He is responsible for all R&D efforts, including Usability & Design, and also oversees, Neurosurgery, Human Resources, Corporate Education, Product Knowledge Management and Customer Consulting. Rainer also presides over the Platforms, Digital O.R., E-Health and Brainlab Elements businesses. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Saarbrücken, where he studied Electrical Engineering from 1989 to 1994.
Before entering university, Rainer worked for Deutsche Telekom. He began his career at Brainlab as a software engineer in 1994. By 1996, he had advanced to the position of Director of Research & Development, which he held from 1996 through 1997.