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Siemens appoints new CTO for Middle East

Peter Tollkuehn has over 25 years of experience in managing R&D teams around the world.

Peter Tollkuehn, CTO, Siemens Middle East.
Peter Tollkuehn, CTO, Siemens Middle East.

Technology giant Siemens has announced the appointment of Peter Tollkuehn as chief technology officer of the company's Middle East operations. Tollkuehn has also been tasked in overseeing operation of the Qatar Innovation Center.             

Effective as of the 1 September 2016, Tollkuehn brings with him over 25 years of experience in manging research and development teams in countries such as Russia, China and USA. He previously served as head of Technology Field Systems Engineering at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich, Germany.

Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East and UAE, said: "Increasingly diversified knowledge-based economies require home-grown research, development and innovation to be truly sustainable.

"Tollkuehn's global experience in nurturing local talent and fostering innovation culture will be invaluable as we continue to support sustainable economic growth in the Middle East."

In his new posting, Tollkuehn has been tasked in driving regional strategic projects, which are focused on economic development through advances in energy, water, industrial diversification and sustainability.

Additionally, the CTO will also look to expand Siemens' cooperation with education and research institutes within the region. As the head of the Qatar Innovation Center, Tollkuehn will oversee research and development of novel technologies, which includes energy technology, automation engineering, data analytics in healthcare, as well as smart grids.

Commenting on his appointment, Tollkuehn shared: "The way we live and do business is changing; digitalisation is merging the virtual and physical worlds, and this transformation requires innovative thinking and collaboration with like-minded partners."

He added: "In the Middle East we have developed close partnerships with world-class education and research establishments, and we are committed to leveraging these to drive real local value for a sustainable future in the region."