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Siemens Qatar appoints Adrian Wood as new CEO

Siemens has appointed Adrian Wood as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the company’s operations in Qatar, effective September 1, 2016

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Adrian Wood, new CEO at Siemens Qatar
Adrian Wood, new CEO at Siemens Qatar

Siemens has appointed Adrian Wood as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the company’s operations in Qatar, effective September 1, 2016.

Wood assumes his new role after almost four years as CEO of Siemens in Kuwait. He takes over from Fatih Sakiz, who will pursue new opportunities.

Wood’s career at Siemens started in 1990 as a marketing analyst within Siemens Environmental Systems in the UK. After working in both sales and project management functions in Germany, he pursued different senior managerial roles within the company in the UAE, Bahrain, Philippines and Kuwait.

During his tenure in Kuwait, Wood was instrumental in driving growth across the company’s divisions, leading to a 10% increase in the number of employees to around 300 and more than doubling Siemens’ business in the country.

Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East and UAE, said: “Adrian Wood brings to Qatar a wealth of regional and international experience from his successful career at Siemens. I am confident he will make valuable contributions to our growth story in Qatar.”

In Qatar, Wood will focus on strengthening key growth areas and contributing to local value creation in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

Commenting on his appointment, Wood said: “After four years in Kuwait, I am delighted to take on this new challenge during an exciting time for Siemens in Qatar. The country continues to present sizeable growth opportunities across different sectors, and we look forward to contributing innovative Siemens technologies that can meet its long-term development goals sustainably and add value to society.”

Siemens has been operating in Qatar since 1970 and currently employs around 500 people there.

Some of the company’s key projects in Qatar include the Qatar Foundation Tram System, which will be the Middle East’s most energy-efficient rail system when completed; and the $523m contract with the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) for 18 turnkey substations.

Meanwhile, Herbert Klausner has been appointed as CEO of Siemens in Kuwait, effective October 1. Klausner joins the regional management team from the power generation division in Siemens AG in Germany, where he headed large gas turbine Berlin pperations. His career at Siemens spans 33 years, including positions in Kuwait, Indonesia, Austria and Germany.

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