Siemens CEO emphasizes innovation, sustainability in Executive Insights lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- During his visit to the Penn State Smeal College of Business as part of the college’s Executive Insights series, Siemens Corp. President and CEO Eric A. Spiegel emphasized the importance of innovation to his company’s operations.

“Siemens really takes pride in making things,” said Spiegel, and Siemens can credit much of its longevity to the fact that the global engineering company keeps innovating.

Spiegel also talked about the opportunities and challenges of his role at Siemens, his leadership style and the company’s commitment to sustainability during his talk Sept. 20.

Siemens has a close relationship with Penn State and is involved in research and development initiatives at the University; the company also heavily recruits Penn State students for jobs.

In fact, Siemens currently employs more alumni from Penn State than from any other university, according to Spiegel.

Spiegel joined Siemens in 2010 as president and CEO of Siemens Corp. and CEO of the U.S. Region, where he is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the industry, energy, health care, and infrastructure and cities sectors. He brought with him more than two decades of experience in global consulting with complex organizations in the energy, power, chemical, water, industrial and automotive fields, and expertise on the global energy industry.

He holds an master of business administration from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

Executive Insights is designed to complement the Smeal educational experience by bringing high-profile business leaders to the college to connect with students, faculty, staff and administrators. Past guests include more than 25 leaders from organizations such as Boeing, Dell, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Kohl’s, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Verizon and Tumi Holdings Inc.

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Last Updated October 14, 2013