ABB appoints Sami Atiya as Head of Discrete Automation and Motion

  • June 15, 2016
  • ABB
  • News

June 13, 2016 – ABB has appointed Sami Atiya to its Executive Committee as President of the Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division, effective June 13, 2016. He succeeds Pekka Tiitinen, who will return to his home country as Managing Director of ABB in Finland.

Atiya served Siemens for 18 years in the US and Europe, most recently since 2011 as CEO of the Mobility and Logistics division and as CEO of the Computer Tomography unit from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that he held various leadership roles at Siemens Medical Solutions Inc., in the US, and Siemens Business Services.

During his tenure, he drove profitable growth and developed the product and software portfolio of his units through organic and inorganic means including the successful integration of Invensys rail.

Before joining Siemens, Atiya was co-owner and Managing Director at Harald Balzer & Partner, a provider of software and services for project and process management, and project leader at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Atiya holds a PhD in the field of robotics, sensors and data processing from the University of Wuppertal, obtained during his time at the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US. He is married with two children and will be based in Zürich, Switzerland.

Tiitinen will take up his new role as Managing Director of ABB Finland on Oct. 1, 2016, following an orderly transition period in the DM division. His appointment in Finland is part of a leadership succession at the helm of several of ABB’s most important country organizations. ABB’s current Managing Director (MD) in Finland, Tauno Heinola, will succeed Axel Kuhr as MD in Australia, while Kuhr will become MD in Japan, replacing Tony Zeitoun, who will retire from ABB.

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