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Siemens Australia appoints new Chairman and CEO

The current Siemens senior vice president is set to take the reins as current Jeff Connolly leaves the company at the end of the month

Siemens Australia has announced the appointment of Peter Halliday as the new chairman and CEO for the region from September 1 onwards.

Halliday is currently Senior Vice President at Siemens Smart Infrastructure and is set to take over the role next month.

In a career spanning 24 years at Siemens, Halliday has held senior roles within the company in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Prior to relocating back to his home country of Australia, Halliday was the global head of Siemens’ Building Performance and Sustainability division operating out of Switzerland.

Halliday brings a wealth of experience across various technology fields including engineering, project management, sales, business development, portfolio and senior management. 

Current Siemens Australia Chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly will leave the company on the 31st of August after a career spanning more than 37 years with Siemens.

“We’re pleased to confirm Peer as the new CEO for Siemens Australia. His extensive local and global leadership and technical experience will be pivotal to shaping future growth and the digital transformation of our customers in Australia and New Zealand,” Member of Siemens managing board and CEO of Smart Infrastructure Matthias Rebellius says.

“I also want to thank Jeff Connolly for his incredible contribution to shaping the brand and reputation of Siemens in the region. Jeff isn’t only highly regarded in Siemens but across the industry and government for his contributions to progression critical topics.”

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Halliday says he is thrilled to be taking Siemens Australia to the next level.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with the great team in the region to progress the company towards its next phase of growth,” Halliday says.

“Technology and digitalisation will accelerate much needed outcomes for industry, infrastructure and the environment.”

The timing coincides with Siemens celebrating its 150th anniversary in Australia this year as well as the announcement of Siemens Xcelerator, which is a new, open digital business platform featuring a curated portfolio of IoT-enabled hardware and software, a powerful ecosystem of partners, and a marketplace.

“Technology has been the backbone of all major transformations in Australia’s history, and proudly, Siemens has been at the centre of this for the past 150 years,” Halliday says.

“Electrification and digitalization will be at the core of Australia’s next 150 years including energy and industrial transitions. Our focus is to make digital transformation easier, faster and at scale so business and society can be more resilient and better able to adapt quickly to changing local and global circumstances.

“Naturally, we need like-minded partners and continued strong relationships with industry, academia, governments, and our partners. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the company on this fantastic journey.”  

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