United Kingdom, 2006-Mar-30
Siemens has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer for its UK operations, following the retirement of Christoph Urban.
Andreas Goss takes up his position on 1 April at the electronics and electrical engineering conglomerate which employs 21,000 people in the UK and had sales last year of £3 billion.
Andreas, 42, began his career with Siemens in 1985 as a management trainee at an electronic components factory in his home town of Regensburg, Germany. After studying business administration in Germany and at Aston Business School in the UK, he joined the company’s automation business, in Erlangen, Germany. In 1994 he moved to Atlanta, where he was finance manager for the USA’s energy and automation business and then financial controller for its electronics assembly division.
In 1999 Andreas transferred to the company’s global headquarters in Munich to work in the central corporate finance department where he helped set up a new performance controlling department. In 2001 he became chief financial officer of Siemens’ postal automation division, based in Constance, Germany, before taking on his new assignment in the UK.
He said: “I am very excited to be joining Siemens plc – one of the biggest regional Siemens companies. Siemens has doubled its UK turnover in the past decade and the size of the company has also doubled in that time, through organic growth and a number of acquisitions.
“One of my challenges is to ensure we have the right back-office structure to enable profitable growth, especially with regards to our IT and financial platform. We will also continue our focus on investing in research and development so we have the most innovative new products and services for our customers.
“I’m keen to ensure we have the best possible systems for us to understand the needs of our customers, and for them to understand what we can do for them.
“We have to continue to focus on bundling our efforts and leveraging our existing position for key accounts so our customers can benefit from all our offerings. We see growth opportunities in key infrastructure sectors such as energy, construction, communications, healthcare and transport.”
Christoph Urban, 63, has been chief financial officer of Siemens plc since November 1998. Prior to that he was executive vice president for Siemens’ operations in Turkey. Christoph has been the chairman of the British-German Association since May 2004, an organisation which seeks to strengthen understanding and friendship between British and German people.
A photograph of Andreas Goss is available from the Siemens press office by calling 01276 696312 or 01276 696338
About Siemens in the UK
Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 162 years ago. The company employs 21,122 people in the UK, including about 5,000 in the manufacturing sector. Last year’s revenues were £3 billion, including exports of £500 million.
Siemens provides innovative, high-quality services and solutions to customers in a diverse range of industry sectors, including power, automation and control, information and communication, medical, transportation, lighting, and household.
Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire. The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany.
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