"Ralf Thomas has played a key role in increasing Siemens' value over the last few years. Through precise analyses and unerringly accurate forecasts, Ralf Thomas has made a major contribution to improving the company's cost structures, transparency and risk management and thus to increasing its value sustainably and successfully. These are just some of the reasons why he enjoys an excellent reputation in the financial market – and within the entire Supervisory Board. We are very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration with him," said Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
"Ralf is integrity and reliability personified and thus a stabilizing and organizing force in the management team. His contract extension is an important signal of continuity in the company. I am very pleased to have him as a close partner in my team," said Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser.
Implementation of the Vision 2020 strategic realignment was initiated at the start of the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2014. The program's key points are the alignment of the company with the growth fields of electrification, automation and digitalization, a sharpening of the portfolio's focus and the implementation of concrete, sustainable measures for enhancing the efficiency of company functions.