Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld, 43, became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Siemens
Corporation (New York) on January 1, 2001. Prior to assuming the operating
responsibility of Siemens Corporation, he was Executive Vice President and a
member of the Executive Board of the Siemens AG Medical Engineering Group
(MED). As part of his experience at MED, in 1998 he was given responsibility
for the billion dollar worldwide Angiography, Fluoroscopy and X-Ray Systems
businesses, which he turned around in less than two years.
Prior to that, Mr. Kleinfeld was responsible for establishing and running
the Siemens Management Consulting Group. Additionally, he was assigned in
1997 to structure and lead the Siemens worldwide corporate revitalization
program known as top+, which continues to achieve positive business results
Under Mr. Kleinfeld's leadership, the Siemens Management Consulting Group
was transformed from a small corporate cost center to a sizeable, highly
profitable and renowned consulting business. Mr. Kleinfeld is credited with
establishing important cutting-edge practices in benchmarking, business
re-engineering and innovation. He led projects within a number of important
Siemens industry groups, including wireless and traditional
telecommunications, industry automation and power generation.
Mr. Kleinfeld began his career with Siemens in 1987 in the Corporate Sales
and Marketing group, and moved to Siemens Corporate Planning and Strategy in
1988. Prior to joining Siemens, he was a strategic product manager at
CIBA-GEIGY Pharmaceuticals Division in Basel, Switzerland. Before that, Mr.
Kleinfeld spent three years with a renowned consultancy firm, where he
worked with world-class companies such as Mars, Kraft, Henkel, Effem and
Mr. Kleinfeld earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration/Economics from the University of Goettingen (Germany) in
1982. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of
Mr. Kleinfeld has led many charitable activities, including fundraising,
planning and rebuilding a playground for the underprivileged in Munich.
His efforts led to the formation of a charitable fund known as “Siemens
A marathon runner who also enjoys skiing, tennis and the arts, Mr. Kleinfeld
resides with his wife and family in New York City.