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Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down as ABB CEO

By DE Staff   


Chairman, Peter Voser, to serve as interim leader of the robotics firm.

ABB Chairman of the Board and interim CEO, Peter Voser.

Robotics firm, ABB, announced that its Board of Directors of ABB and CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer (55) have mutually agreed that Ulrich will step down from his role, which he has held since 2013. The Chairman of the Board, Peter Voser (61), will become interim CEO in addition to his current role, with immediate effect. According to the the company, an official search to find a new CEO has been initiated.

“After 14 years of ‘all in’ dedication and commitment to all our employees and customers, I hand over to Peter a trimmed ABB ship that is on a clear course and gaining speed,” Spiesshofer said. “I would like to warmly thank our colleagues around the world, customers and partners as well as the Board of Directors for the opportunity to serve this fine company for nearly one and a half decades in different roles in the Executive Committee and as CEO. I will now take some time out before deciding on the next chapter of my professional life. From the bottom of my heart, I wish ABB’s global team all the very best for its future.”

Peter Voser, a Swiss citizen, has been Chairman of ABB since April 2015. Prior to this, he was CEO of Royal Dutch Shell from 2009-2013, and CFO between 2004-2009. Between 2002 and October 2004, he was CFO of ABB and a key leader behind the successful turnaround of the company. Voser also brings a wealth of experience in board positions in leading companies such as a Roche, IBM, Catalyst, Temasek Holdings and PSA International in Singapore.



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