February 9, 2021
Recently, Siemens AG has successfully completed the succession process for its top management. As long planned, Roland Busch (56) has succeeded long-serving President and CEO Joe Kaeser (63) as head of the Munich-based technology company. At the company’s virtual Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on February 3, 2021, shareholders also confirmed, by a large majority, Supervisory Board Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe (55) for another four-year term of office. In addition, shareholders elected Grazia Vittadini (51), Chief Technology Officer of Airbus and member of the Airbus Executive Committee, and Kasper Rørsted (58), CEO of adidas AG, first-time Supervisory Board members, likewise by large majorities. Their terms of office will run for four years. The total number of people following the virtual meeting, at which a total of around 350 questions were asked, peaked at 7,100.
“Grazia Vittadini and Kasper Rørsted are recognized experts in the sustainable transformation and successful digitalization of industries and companies. They’ll both help further diversify the range of expertise represented on the Supervisory Board, which has an outstanding setup for the next chapter of the company’s development,” said Jim Hagemann Snabe. Snabe himself was reelected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG at its constituent meeting immediately following the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.
The elections were necessary because the appointments of Dr. Nicola Leibinger Kammüller (61), Werner Wenning (74) and Jim Hagemann Snabe had officially expired.
The conclusion of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting also marked the successful completion of Siemens AG’s long-planned leadership succession process. Roland Busch assumed the position of President and CEO at the same time. Joe Kaeser will stand for reelection to Siemens Energy AG’s Supervisory Board at its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on February 10, 2021, and for reelection as the Supervisory Board’s Chairman at the Board’s constituent meeting immediately afterwards.
“The smooth transition from Joe Kaeser to Roland Busch as the new President and CEO is the result of farsighted planning combined with close, trust-based collaboration on the part of all involved,” added Snabe. “It has enabled us to successfully lay the basis for immediately continuing – and even accelerating – Siemens’ transformation.”
“On behalf of the Supervisory Board and all Siemens employees, I’d like to thank Joe Kaeser for his dedication to the company, for his more than 40 years of tireless commitment, for his life’s work!” continued Snabe. “At the same time, Roland Busch is the ideal choice to further drive the transformation of Siemens AG. In this effort, the merging of the virtual and real worlds will play a key role. The aim now is to renew the technological backbone of the economy and society.”