Execs in and out at Siemens

Thursday, January 1, 2009

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.--Siemens Building Technologies announced two changes in its top executive structure in early December: Gone is president George West, who has taken a leadership position in the energy conservation industry; in is Carey Boethel, who comes from NetVersant and will assume the role of senior director, business development, reporting to interim business unit head Bernhard Veitl. Siemens did not set a timetable for West’s permanent replacement.

West took over for departing president Alan Calegari in late 2005, after climbing the Siemens ranks for 11 years. In his tenure as president, he oversaw the acquisitions of analytics firm VistaScape and integrator MAC Systems.

Boethel began his career in the industry as a consultant, working with Safir Rossetti, Kroll, and Schiff & Associates, then moved over to integrator NetVersant, where he was vice president.

“Starting out in consulting gives me a bit of a different perspective,” Boethel said. “It exposed me to needs analysis, the development and architecture of complex solutions, and how they integrate with operations and staffing. So when I’m out talking with customers, we’re talking about technology, but also how to leverage that technology within the organization, with an eye toward the bottom line.”

He said he was attracted to Siemens because it “is an absolute thought leader, a dominant player in the integration market ... Convergence is here, it’s here to stay, and Siemens is well positioned to offer that. It’s a competitive advantage and it’s one that Siemens customers and prospective customers seem to be very interested in. There’s a terrific demand for converged technology platforms.”