Studied physics and PhD, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; studied at the University of Grenoble, France. 1994, joined Siemens, starting in Corporate R&D and moving through various positions in automotive, process-management and strategy. Currently, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board. Responsible for the divisions Building Technologies and Mobility as well as for Corporate Technology, Corporate Development and the company's activities in the area of sustainability. Also responsible for next47, a separate legal entity of Siemens that drives innovation with a focus on start-ups, and for Siemens' regional businesses in the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).