Marking an important step for women in tech and C-level jobs, at the beginning of 2020, Hanna Hennig (50) will become Siemens’ Chief Information Officer (CIO). She will succeed Helmuth Ludwig (57), who has decided to step down by December 2019 in order to spend more time teaching international corporate strategy at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, (USA) where he has been an adjunct professor for six years.
Hennig will oversee the execution and implementation of Siemens’ Vision 2020+ strategy, aimed to improve the availability of innovative, flexible and secure software, while at the same time promoting sustainable business practices. The Vision 2020+ will shape the next generation Siemens, strengthening the individual businesses’ freedom and advancing society with a focus on providing electrification, automation and digitalization solutions. Furthermore, she will also contribute to prepare and operationalize Siemens Energy, the company’s venture into the energy business.
Business expertise at the service of digital transformations
Hennig is currently CIO at Osram Licht AG, an innovative lighting solutions provider based in Munich. She studied business at the University of Hannover and has extensive experience in the IT sector after working in it for 25 years. Also she brings to Siemens practical knowledge in driving the digital transformation, developed in leadership positions in companies such as Telefónica O2, E.ON and Osram.
Roland Bush, Deputy CEO at Siemens, stated, “Hanna Hennig is a perfect fit as successor due to her expertise and many years of experience across different industries in areas ranging from business transformation processes and IT technologies to managing relationships with partners and suppliers. Her knowhow will enable her to continue the development of our IT organization as a digitalization partner for all of Siemens.”