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Schneider announces new automation leader and industry VP

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Schneider Electric has announced the appointment of Neil Smith as the company’s Automation Pacific Hub Leader and Industry VP Australia.

Smith’s new role will see him take charge of the Process Automation, Software and OEM/BIC business portfolio, which includes brands such as Modicon, Citect, ClearSCADA, WonderWare, Foxboro Triconex and Altivar.

“With a rare blend of leadership and technical skills coupled with strong commercial acumen, Neil has a long-standing record of meeting and exceeding the needs of our industry customers,” said Gareth O’ Reilly, Zone President, Pacific International Operations.

Smith has over 15 years of experience in the automation industry, where he began and held both global and regional segment roles for the Oil & Gas market with Rockwell. In 2014, he joined the former Invensys Australia as Director, Project Delivery Engineering. Post integration, he took on a different role focusing on product management and business development for Process Automation before taking up a sales leadership position at Schneider Electric in early 2026.

“I’m excited to be taking on this new role with Schneider Electric,” said Smith.

“To move into a strategic leadership position at a company at the forefront of innovation in developing connected technologies and solutions that address industry challenges is a real honour. I am proud to continue working for Schneider Electric and look forward to being part of a team setting the future direction of this global energy management and automation market leader.”

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