ABB Power Grids
Michael is since January 2019 the CIO of ABB Power Grids. In his new role the main 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.
Throughout the year 2018 Michael acted as ad interim Group CIO.
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 held Senior Management positions in Information Management in the food industry (Unilever) and Senior Internal Audit positions in the pharmaceutical industry (Roche).
From 1997-99 he was the project manager of a large SAP implementation for Roche in Latin America and Spain. In 2002 he joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals where he held positions as Head of Internal Auditing, CIO and Head of Group Services.
In his assignment as Head of Group Services he was a member of Ciba’s Extended Executive Committee and he had the CIO, Human Resources, Group Communications and the Regional Presidents reporting to him. Michael has wide leadership experience in large transformational change projects, M&A, SAP implementation projects, Shared Services and large outsourcing projects.
The Power Grids division is a global leader in pioneering technologies that help balance the growing need for electricity while reducing environmental impact as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid. The division serves utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure customers and is focused on addressing key areas such as the integration of renewable energies, growing network complexity, grid automation and microgrids. The Power Grids division also offers a full range of consulting, service and asset management solutions based on a lifecycle approach.
With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB Power Grids operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 40’000 people.
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