Michael Loechle

Michael Loechle

Hitachi Energy


10bn $




Michael is since July 2020 the CIO of Hitachi Energy. In his new role the focus will be on a smooth separation of Power Grids from ABB, build-up an independent Power Grids IS organization and eventually align it with the new owner Hitachi.

From January 2019 – June 2020 he was the CIO of ABB Power Grids. Throughout the year 2018 Michael acted as ad interim Group CIO for ABB.

He joined ABB in July 2016 as a Group Vice President IS & Head of Global Business Engagement. Before, he was 7 years Vice President & CIO at Alstom Thermal Power with a brief stopover in General Electrics as a result of the Alstom acquisition. He started his career in 1986 in Germany in the field of Information Management in the Public Sector before he moved to Switzerland in 1991.

In the following years, Michael has held various positions as Senior Manager in Global Information Management and in Auditing with multi-national, food, pharma andchemical companies. He had roles as Head of Internal Auditing, CIO and Head of Group Services. During his career he also managed large-scale SAP projects in South America and Spain for several years. Michael has extensive leadership experience in large transformational change projects, SAP implementations, IT outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing as well as in auditing and compliance.

He has a Business Administration and legal background with an MBA from Stanford University and a master’s degree in international business law (MBL) from the University of St. Gallen. He completed Management trainings at the London Business School, Ashridge Business School, INSEAD and IMD. Michael also holds a couple of audit-specific certifications that include CIA, CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC.

Hitachi Energy is advancing the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure. As the pioneering technology leader, we collaborate with customers and partners to enable a sustainable energy future – for today’s generations and those to come. 

Our business provides pathways to accelerate the energy transition and deliver customer success. We are a global leader in power technologies and energy systems. Customers across the utilitiestransportation, IT such as data centersindustry and Smart Life sectors trust our world-class teams of experts to deliver pioneering and digital solutions across the power value chain. Our solutions help meet the growing demand for electricity – affordably, reliably, sustainably and in a modern way.

Our history dates back to the late 1800’s when electrical engineering companies, ASEA and BBC (Brown Boveri & Cie), were formed during Europe’s industrial revolution. After introducing electrical power transmission, rail and industrial technologies, these two pioneering brands merged in 1988 to create ABB. In the following three decades the company continued to develop industry-leading power and automation technologies through a combination of R&D and tactical acquisitions.

In 2020, Hitachi and ABB's Power Grids' business came together in a joint venture to create a new global leader in pioneering and digital technologies. As individual companies, both had been innovating and improving technology for over a century.

With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, Hitachi Energy operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 40’000 people.


  • 7/20 – present            CIO Hitachi Energy
  • 7/12 – present            Board Member Arcondis Group
  • 1/19 – 6/20                  CIO ABB Power Grids
  • 3/18 – 12/18                Group CIO ABB
  • 7/16 – 2/18                  Group Vice President IT at ABB
  • 11/15 -6/16                  IT Integration Lead GE
  • 9/09 – 10/15                CIO Alstom Power
  • 2/08 – 8/09                  Head of Group Services Ciba Specialty Chemicals
  • 1/05 – 1/08                  CIO Ciba Specialty Chemicals
  • 1/02 – 12/04                Head of Internal Audit Ciba Specialty Chemicals
  • 1/01 – 12/01                Chief Auditor Pharma at Roche
  • 8/99 – 12/00                Chief Auditor Diagnostics at Roche
  • 8/97 – 7/99                  SAP Project Manager Latin America Roche
  • 4/95 – 7/97                  IT Audit Manager Roche
  • 11/91 – 3/95                Head Information Management Unilever Switzerland
  • 9/89 – 3/95                  Adjunct Professor at University of Public Law
  • 5/87 – 3/95                  Deputy Head IT, Public Services


Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws LL.B. as well as a Bachelor in Information Management. He also holds an MBA from Stanford University as well as an Executive Master in International Business Law from the University St.Gallen. Furthermore, he completed management educations at London Business School, Ashridge, INSEAD and IMD. Michael is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

  • Top CIO Switzerland in 2014

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