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ABB names new president of B&R


Joerg Theis will be president of B&R. Photo: ABB

ABB has appointed Joerg Theis as president of ABB’s machine automation division (B&R), effective Apr. 1.

Theis succeeds Clemens Sager, who managed the division ad interim since Jan. 1.

Theis is a 23-year veteran of ABB. He has experience in process and factory automation in consumer goods, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, hybrid industries and automotive, among other segments, with a focus on developing digital services offerings.

He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and most recently was Asia lead for ABB’s process automation division for energy industries, based in Singapore. He will relocate from Singapore to B&R’s global headquarters in Eggelsberg, Austria.

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“Joerg has impressive global experience in automation and digital services and a strong entrepreneurial mindset,” says Sami Atiya, president of ABB robotics and discrete automation business. “With his deep industry knowledge and proven track record in strategic business development, he is the ideal leader to expand B&R’s profitable growth, continuing B&R’s successful customer and innovation focus, while driving our geographical and portfolio expansion.”

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead ABB’s Machine Automation division and to continue to build on B&R’s customer-focused culture and strong legacy of innovation, together with our management team. I am looking forward to working with the team to write the next chapter of our success story together,” says Theis.

Theis holds a diploma in chemical engineering from the FH Aachen, Germany.