Rolls-Royce Names Preiss COO
By Jack Burke22 April 2020
Rolls-Royce Power Systems has named Otto Preiss as chief operating officer and added him to the company’s Management Board.
In the course of a professional career spanning over 30 years at power and automation specialist ABB, Preiss has accumulated wide-ranging experience in various global leadership positions, Rolls-Royce said. Most recently he was group senior vice president, acting in the role of chief operating officer Digital, and prior to that headed up ABB’s global Motors and Generators division. Other global ABB businesses for which Preiss has assumed responsibility include corporate R&D into Power Technologies and the Swiss Corporate Research Center. After graduating in electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Preiss went on to achieve a Master’s degree in computer science at the University of Colorado, following which he earned his doctorate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
“The new corporate position we have created will enable us to drive the transformation of our business in an even more focused way,” said Axel Arendt, chairman of the Supervisory Board at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. “With his electrical engineering and IT expertise, and as a highly experienced international executive, Otto Preiss is ideally equipped for the task.”