Chief Human Resources Officer, Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
Why you should listen
Not one to shy away from voicing her opinions, Janina Kugel is a force within the business community in Germany and beyond. She pushes for change in organizations that still think and work in silos or monocultures. Janina is a strong believer that a diverse workforce – a business imperative as opposed to a nice-to-have – effectively drives competitiveness and innovation. She is convinced that more diverse teams deliver better results. Diversity is not just about gender, cultural background or age, but also about cognitive diversity – including people with different experiences, skills and mindsets on a team.
Janina studied economics at the Universities of Mainz and Verona and started her career in 1997 with Accenture. Since 2001, she has been working for Siemens in various management positions in China, Italy and Germany. She was appointed to the Managing Board in 2015 and has since been responsible as CHRO for about 380,000 employees worldwide.
Hear Janina speak at Worldwebforum 2020 about unleashing the real power of diversity in organizations.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years.
The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation.
In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide.
Janina Kugel has served as Member of the Management Board of Siemens Aktiengesellschaft since February 1, 2015. She is responsible for Human Resources, and has been Labor Director and Chief Diversity Officer at the Company.
She is also Member of the Equity and Compensation Committee at the Company.
She studied Economics at Universitaet Mainz and the Universita degli Studi di Verona and obtained Master of Economics degree. She served at Accenture, Siemens Communications, Siemens SpA and Osram GmbH.
She has been Member of the Practice Advisory Council at Hertie School and Member of the University Council at University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt.