Michael Nilles

Michael Nilles

Member of the Group Executive Committee & Chief Digital Officer


>9,7 bn CHF




"One of 2015 CIOmove's highlights was the scenic view on the train ride throughout Switzerland, Schindler's home country. I am afraid that the view on the 2016 ciomove ride in the Eurotunnel will not be as spectactular 😉 But spending time with major industry thought leaders will certainly compensate for this."

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Its innovative and environmentally-friendly access and transit-management systems make an important contribution to mobility in urban societies. 

Mr. Michael Nilles is Member of the Group Executive Committee and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for Schindler as well as the CEO of Schindler Digital Business. Michael is responsible globally for Digital Business, Business Process Management and Information Technology. He is based at the Global Headquarters in Switzerland.

Michael joined Schindler in 2009 as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and in 2013 he also became CEO of Schindler’s Digital Business Unit. In 2016 he joined the Group Executive Committee as Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to further drive Schindler’s Digital Business Transformation.

Prior to joining Schindler, Michael was leading the different phases of digitization at Mannesmann and Bosch Rexroth AG, where he held positions as Group CIO, CIO Americas, Program Director Global SAP and IT Director Greater China. Michael started his career as SAP consultant for Supply Chain Management in the Asian Pacific region. During his international assignments he was living and working 5 years in China and 5 years in the USA.

Michael also serves on the Board of Directors of Lufthansa Technik AG.

Michael earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Cologne/Germany. His and his team’s work was recognized in 2015 with the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, the Digital Business Innovation Award and awarded CIO of the Year.


  • Digital Business Innovation Award 2015
  • MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award 2015
  • CIO of the Year 2015