Kaeser Stepping Down As CEO Of Siemens
19 March 2020
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser will leave his role next year and be replaced by current Deputy CEO Roland Busch.
The announcement was made after an extraordinary meeting of the by the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG. Kaeser, who serves as both president and CEO, informed the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG that he would not be pursuing an extension of his contract. The company said he will be proposed as chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Energy. At the latest, Busch’s appointment is to be effective at the end of the next ordinary Annual Shareholders’ meeting, which is to take place on Feb. 3, 2021. He is receiving a new contract for five years, effective April 1, 2020. In this connection, he will already be responsible for the planning and implementation of the budget for fiscal 2021 and will be assuming all relevant responsibilities within the Managing Board. In addition to his current duties, Roland Busch will – effective April 1, 2020 – also already be responsible for the overarching integration and management of the businesses of the future Siemens AG (Smart Infrastructure, Digital Industries and Mobility) within the Siemens Managing Board.
Effective immediately, Kaeser will, in addition to his current duties, assume responsibility within the Managing Board for Siemens Energy, including Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. At its extraordinary meeting, the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG also appointed Christian Bruch, who is executive vice president of Linde plc and CEO of Linde Engineering, to be the new CEO of the Gas and Power Operating Co. and designated CEO of Siemens Energy, effective May 1, 2020. On an acting basis until May 1, 2020, operational management of Siemens Gas and Power will be in the hands of Tim Holt, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of Gas and Power. Maria Ferraro, who is currently CFO of the Digital Industries (DI) Operating Company, has been appointed the new CFO of Siemens Energy, effective May 1, 2020. Michael Sen and Klaus Patzak, Siemens Energy’s designated CEO and CFO, are leaving by mutual agreement. Michael Sen will remain available as an advisor to the President and CEO of Siemens AG until the spring of 2021.
The new CFO of DI will be Rudolf Basson, who is currently CFO of Siemens in China. His successor as CFO in China will be Bo Ouyang, who is presently CFO of Siemens in Canada. Natalia Oropeza will, in addition to her current role as Chief Cybersecurity Officer, succeed Maria Ferraro in her role as Chief Diversity Officer of Siemens AG.
“In recent years, Siemens has been successful in terms of business while simultaneously driving an era of renewal and of consistently gearing the company toward the future,” said Jim Hageman Snabe, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG. “On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I’d like to thank Joe Kaeser very warmly for acting with foresight and for demonstrating the decisiveness and courage to set up Siemens for the future from a position of strength. With all his experience and his excellent network of contacts to customers that have global operations and to governments around the world, Joe Kaeser will be an important advisor to the Executive Board of Siemens Energy.
“Roland Busch is the right person to take the helm of the future Siemens AG. He combines entrepreneurial farsightedness and closeness to customers with a deep understanding of all the technologies that have made Siemens successful in the past and will be crucial for its future. He will be bringing new momentum to the businesses and teams at Siemens, and – in times shaped by the digital transformation – he will continue to rigorously drive their ongoing development. The Supervisory Board wishes Roland Busch every success in this exciting task.”
Snabe also thanked Sen and Klaus Patzak for their support in preparing the spinoff of Siemens Energy.
“In this process, we’re on schedule, and we’re still pursuing a public listing of the company in September 2020,” Snabe said. “The Supervisory Board congratulates Christian Bruch and Maria Ferraro on their new roles. The highly qualified and highly motivated team at Siemens Energy has everything it takes to become a driving force for decarbonization and for the global energy transition.”