Kai joins Siemens from HCL, where he was the Global Head for Business Development and Partner Management of IoT Works. With over 18 years of experience spanning R&D, innovations, business development, digital transformation processes and associated sales, Kai has successfully managed business units of various market leaders in the information technology and telecommunications sector. Kai's career has been a clear progression in a straight line. After his service as an officer and pilot in the German Army, he focused on sales and marketing, especially on e2e solution business in information technology and telecommunications at different levels of execution. Milestones of his business life were the opportunities to work with EADS, German Telekom, KPN (Dutch Telecom) and Telefonica (Spanish and Latin American Telecom). Previously he worked as Vice President of Telefonica ES in Central Europe, where he developed the strategic area of Digital Services from scratch focusing on the areas of Internet of Things, Big Data and Cloud Services primarily targeting the branches of manufacturing, utilities, energy and transport/logistics. Kai received his degree in business from the University of Hamburg. He enjoys multiple sports like skiing, hiking, mountain biking and all kinds of watersports. He also enjoys cooking Italian style dishes together with his family.