Eckard Eberle to succeed Hannes Apitzsch at the helm of Siemens Global Business Services (GBS)

Eckard Eberle, new CEO of Siemens Global Business Services, effective October 1, 2022

  • Hannes Apitzsch to retire; business to be handed over effective October 1, 2022
  • Eckard Eberle – formerly CEO of Process Automation Business Unit at Siemens Digital Industries – has extensive track record inside and outside Germany
  • Eberle will focus on developing the business strategically and operationally creating additional value for Siemens Group

(PRESS RELEASE) MUNICH, 30-Sep-2022 — /EuropaWire/ — Siemens AG (ETR: SIE), a German multinational conglomerate and Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company, has announced that Siemens Global Business Services (GBS), its business services operator, will appoint Eckard Eberle as its new CEO, in effect as of October 1, 2022. Eckard Eberle, 57, will succeed Hannes Apitzsch, 64, who has led GBS since 2019 as CEO and is entering retirement after more than 40 years with the company. Hannes Apitzsch will continue to support Siemens in an advisory capacity until December 31, 2022.

“I’m delighted that such an experienced manager as Eckard Eberle will be leading Siemens Global Business Services going forward. With his focus on expanding the customer base and driving forward the digital transformation, he is the ideal person to boost the value that GBS contributes to Siemens,” said Judith Wiese. “On behalf of the whole Managing Board, I’d like to thank Hannes Apitzsch very much for his many years of dedicated service to our company. His relentless drive to develop people and teams, and his unwavering commitment to the health and growth of Siemens were outstanding,” she continued.

As CEO of the Process Automation Business Unit at Siemens Digital Industries, Eckard Eberle has been responsible since 2014 for the areas of development, production and quality management as well as for the sale of products, solutions and systems for automation in the process industry. Having held various management positions inside and outside Germany, Eberle, who holds a degree in electrical engineering, brings broad experience in many business fields at Siemens.

“GBS is a great business. I see plenty of potential here, and I am looking forward to shaping the next phase and driving the ongoing development of our services and solutions. GBS makes a key contribution to the value and productivity of the entire Siemens Group. We also leverage digitalization to improve our customers’ business success and to sharpen our own competitive edge,” explained Eckard Eberle.

Beginning in 2019, Hannes Apitzsch transformed GBS from an internal service provider into a highly efficient powerhouse for innovative business services. “I’m very pleased to be handing GBS over to Eckard Eberle, who will take GBS forward successfully. In recent years, GBS has evolved into a competitive and professional business services organization, making a key value contribution for the Siemens Group,” said Hannes Apitzsch.

Siemens Global Business Services (GBS) designs, innovates, and efficiently operates business services for Siemens AG units worldwide as well as external customers. Its portfolio comprises transactional and expertise-driven services – with a strong focus on digitalization in areas like business administration, human resources, supply chain management, sales, marketing, and engineering. Siemens GBS provides business services for Siemens AG, Siemens Energy AG and Siemens Healthineers AG and serves its clients globally out of eleven major delivery locations. Siemens GBS headquarters are based in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power. In fiscal 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €62.3 billion and net income of €6.7 billion. As of September 30, 2021, the company had around 303,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at

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SOURCE: Siemens AG



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