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Lak Ananth to head new next47 startup unit

"We're very pleased to be able to bring Lak Ananth on board – a Silicon Valley manager who is well known within the startup community," said Siegfried Russwurm, member of Siemens' Managing Board and the company's Chief Technology Officer. "Lak has many years of experience in helping recently founded companies get off the ground and in the strategic development of business models – and that's exactly what we need for our new next47 unit."
"Siemens is an exciting new challenge for me," said Lak Ananth. "next47 will usher in a new era of collaboration between hungry early-stage startups and a major company with 170 years of history."
Ananth holds a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD Business School. He is a Kauffman Fellow, an elite venture investing group. He also has a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in the U.S. and an undergraduate degree from Guindy Engineering College in India.
Siemens is pooling its existing startup activities at next47 to foster disruptive ideas more vigorously and drive innovations. For this purpose, Ananth and his team will have €1 billion at their disposal over the next five years. Activities at next47 are to focus on five fields of innovation: artificial intelligence, autonomous machines, distributed electrification, connected mobility and so-called blockchain applications, which are designed to simplify and increase the security of data transfers in areas such as industrial operations and energy trading.

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This press release was updated on 02.11.2016 at 10:25 AM CET.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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