Klaus Helmrich (55) has been appointed Labor Director of Siemens AG, additionally to his current duties as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). To achieve technology and innovation leadership, it is necessary to continuously attract the top talents in science, research and technology and offer them attractive opportunities for development. Against this background and the ever-increasing demand for specialized personnel, the Supervisory Board considers it appropriate to closely link technology and human resources responsibilities in the Managing Board. This view is also strongly supported by the Supervisory Board's employee representatives, in particular.
Effective September 30, 2013, Brigitte Ederer (57), whose responsibilities on Siemens' Managing Board have included human resources, is resigning her position by mutual agreement. "By resigning early, Brigitte Ederer has enabled the new structure of Managing Board responsibilities to be implemented now. All Siemens employees owe her large debt of gratitude for her achievements at the company in the past years as head of Siemens AG Österreich and as a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG," said Gerhard Cromme.
Ralf Thomas has been CFO at Siemens' Industry Sector since 2008. Starting in 2004, he was head of the Corporate Unit "Corporate Finance Accounting, Controlling, Reporting & Taxes" of Siemens AG. In this position, he was responsible, among other things, for the company's global financial reporting and controlling. In the years before, he worked for Siemens in the Healthcare Sector and in South Africa. He joined Siemens after completing his doctorate in tax accounting law at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1995.