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A new chief financial officer (CFO) has taken over Siemens Ltd’s Australia and New Zealand operations, moving into the chair vacated by Jeff Connolly who, after six-and-a-half years, will relocate to Asia and head-up the company’s operations in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan as CFO and senior vice president.

Bernd Haetzel, pictured, comes to the fore from an 18-year tenure with the organisation, having held positions as CFO for Siemens Medical Solutions in the United States and Siemens Building Technologies in Switzerland.

Haetzel said his immediate priorities for Siemens Ltd are to ensure the organisation remains a reliable and trusted business partner to its customers; maintains its high level of financial integrity; and takes the current period of global economic uncertainty as an opportunity to build a stronger position in the market.

“We are well-prepared and positioned to build on our strengths in the currently difficult economic environment. Our technology-based solutions in the areas of water, energy, environment, healthcare, productivity, mobility, safety and security are meeting the demands placed on businesses by factors that remain unchanged even in these times – these being the four global megatrends of climate change, demographic change, globalisation and urbanisation,” he said.

“We have the solutions to reduce our environmental impacts across the eight solution areas – be it through our range of gas, steam and wind turbines; our world-leading water technologies for treatment, irrigation and distribution; our comprehensive range of systems for energy-efficient buildings; or our cutting-edge healthcare range including the MAGNETOM Essenza – we are truly meeting the challenges facing society with our innovative and environmentally-sustainable solutions.”

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