New Qatar CEO for Siemens
Bernhard Fonseka will continue power firm's expansion in the region
Siemens announced the appointment of Bernhard Fonseka as new chief executive officer for its rapidly-expanding operations in Qatar in September. Based in Doha, Fonseka has taken on his new role at Siemens WLL, the Qatari unit of Siemens AG, starting on October 1, 2012 and will continue to expand the company’s footprint in the Gulf state.
Fonseka started his career with Siemens in 1995 and has been gathering broad experience in a wide range of business areas ever since, initially in the field of logistics and subsequently with large infrastructure projects for Siemens Industrial Solutions and Siemens Metal Technologies.
“I am delighted to be in Qatar at such an exciting and crucial time, and to participate and engage in the massive transformation that the country is presently undergoing. At Siemens, we are fully committed to continue growing our business here and to play a leading role in developing further the local expertise needed to meet Qatar’s ambitions in line with its National Vision 2030, which aims at transforming the country into a knowledge-based society,” Fonseka said.
Qatar has embarked on a massive infrastructure upgrade programme driven by preparations for the 2022 World Cup, which will see the country invest an estimated $150 billion across the economy in the next 10 years, including in energy-efficient and sustainable projects and green technologies and solutions.
Bernhard Fonseka replaces Martin á Porta, who led Siemens in Qatar since 2010 and during whose tenure the company secured numerous landmark projects. In March, Siemens was awarded contracts from Qatar Electricity and Water Company (Kahramaa) to supply equipment for Phase 10 of the Qatar Power Transmission System Expansion project and to install a smart-metering system aimed at enabling the monitoring and optimisation of energy consumption in Doha.
Siemens has built a substantial part of the Qatari power grid in recent years, having secured $2.97 billion worth of total orders for the expansion of the domestic electricity network.