Martin became Hilti’s CIO in 2005. He is responsible for Hilti’s 450 IT employees based in Switzerland (Buchs SG), US (Tulsa, Oklahoma and Plano, Texas) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). Since 2009 he is also in charge of Hilti’s Business Excellence initiatives and EVP.
Martin came to Hilti in 1993 and has held various leadership roles in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Great Britain and Japan. He has developed Hilti’s ground-breaking IT Strategy in 2000 and has lead its implementation, in particular Hilti’s global SAP implementation cum business transformation project (standard global data structures and business processes supported by a global SAP system with ERP, BI, CRM and SCM).
In 2014 Martin has initiated various cloud computing / SaaS initiatives at Hilti and he has lead the development of the comprehensive Information Technology at Hilti strategy, which is now the foundation of all digital and software initiatives in the Hilti group.
Recently, Martin initiated the Drive Program to set the technological foundation for the realization of Hilti’s digital strategy. The program comprised the successful implementation of S/4HANA. With implementing S/4HANA as single global instance used by 28,000 Hilti employees in more than 50 countries, Hilti is a pioneer in the usage of next generation ERP systems and in setting up an intelligent enterprise.
Initially, his job assignments were
- Project Manager: Customer Software Development (1993-1995), and
- ERP Implementation Manager of Oracle Applications (1995-1999) in Japan and Great Britain.
Petry then took the lead for the Business Driven Hilti IT Strategy development. As Head of Hilti´s global SAP and data (GPD/H2), he implemented a global single system/single instance approach with ERP, BI, CRM and SCM now being used by >15'000 users in more than 40 countries.
Since the beginning of 2005, he has worked as CIO for the Hilti Group (400 IT people, in three strategic locations: Schaan (Liechtenstein), Tulsa (Oklahoma, US), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). In addition Dr. Petry took responsibility of Business Excellence at Hilti in 2009.
- 2009 – Present: CIO and Head of Business Excellence at Hilti
- 2005 – 2008: CIO of Hilti
- 2000 – 2004: Head of Hilti´s global SAP and data
- 1995 – 1999: ERP Implementation Manager of Oracle Applications at Hilti
- 1993 – 1995: Project Manager of Hilti
- PhD, Applied Mathematics at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen