Siemens Ltd (Australia and New Zealand) has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer (CFO) for the company’s Pacific Cluster, to take over from the outgoing CFO, Jeff Connolly, who will move to Beijing as CFO and senior vice president of Siemens’ China, Hone Kong, Korea and Taiwan operations.
Bernd Haetzel will take over from Jeff Connollly, who will head to Asia after six years in the job. Siemens chairman and managing director, Albert Goller, said that Haetzel brings extensive knowledge and experience that has been gained in his 18 years already working at the company’s overseas operations.
“Bernd has a wealth of experience in different parts of the business such as former Automation and Drives, Healthcare and most recently as CFO of the Fire Safety and Security business of the Building Technology division of Siemens Industry in Switzerland. He has also worked in various parts of the Siemens world in Germany, the USA and Switzerland,” said Haetzel.
Haetzel officially joins Siemens Ltd on 1st April. He previously held the CFO positions with Siemens Medical Solutions in the USA, 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, maintains its high level of financial integrity and takes the current period of global economic uncertainty as an opportunity to build a stronger position with increased market share.
“We are well prepared and positioned to build on our strengths in the currently difficult economic environment,” said Haetzel.
“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.
“In particular, the need to address climate change remains a pressing concern for us, and this is not restricted to our region.”