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Dr. Ulrich Spiesshofer

ABB Ltd.
President and CEO
Ulrich Spiesshofer has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the ABB Group, Switzerland, since September 2013, and a member of the ABB Group Executive Committee since 2005.

From 2010 to September 2013 he was head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division, home of the company’s leading robotics business.

He joined ABB in 2005 as Executive Committee member for Corporate Development, responsible for strategy, M&A, supply chain management and operational excellence. Before ABB he was senior partner and global head of opera-tions practice at Roland Berger AG (Switzerland) from 2002, and prior to that he held various management positions with A.T. Kearney Ltd. and its affiliates.

Spiesshofer is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN). He is an Executive Committee member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) International Business Council (IBC), an Advisory Board member of the WEF Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as a member of the Board of Stewards of WEF’s ‘Future of Production’ and ‘Future of Energy’ System Initiatives. Spiesshofer serves as Vice Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council (IBLAC) to the Mayor of Shanghai and is a member of several international and bilateral business organizations.

Spiesshofer obtained his PhD in economics from the Uni-versity of Stuttgart, Germany, and holds a master’s degree in business administration and engineering from the same university.