Dr. Helmuth Ludwig (born September 19, 1962 in Koeln, West Germany) is a global business executive of German descent. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Industry Sector for the United States, to which he was appointed in October 2011. Ludwig has held a range of strategic leadership positions in his 20-year career at Siemens.
Ludwig joined Siemens in 1990 after graduating college. He has worked in corporate regional strategy development for the company in multiple countries including Germany, Kazakhstan, Argentina and United States. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the global head of communications for the company’s Industry Automation Division.
When Siemens acquired PLM Software in 2007, Ludwig was appointed president and is credited for successfully leading the integration of the organization’s 50 legal entities and multiple facilities across 26 countries into Siemens. He worked with the management team to develop long-term strategic direction. Siemens PLM software was recently used in the design of the Mars Rover ''Curiosity''. Ludwig is a regular speaker on advanced manufacturing topics including additive manufacturing, industrial software, automation and information integration.
He has delivered commencement addresses at Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering of Arizona State University (ASU) and at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), where Siemens has had a longstanding relationship.
Memberships and Associations
He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas covering International Corporate Strategy. He is a founding president of Rotary Club of Almaty, which is the first Rotary Club in Central Asia and cofounder and former president of Rotary International’s Spanish-German Executive Committee.
He is also a current board member of Siemens Industry, Inc. and Siemens Electrical Ltd., member on the Board of Trustees for Manufacturers Association for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a member of Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR) and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Business School KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Ludwig graduated from University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1988 with a master's degree in industrial engineering. Over the course of his time at University of Karlsruhe, he completed several internships at Siemens AG, Arthur Andersen & Co. and McKinsey & Company, Inc.
In 1990, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and later completed his doctorate on ”Strategic Benchmarking of Multinational Companies” from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany in 1996.
Ludwig is fluent in German, English and Spanish. He lives in Plano, TX with his wife Almudena Bernardo, who is of Spanish nationality. They have two children, Alexandra and Eduardo. Since May 2010, he has been a permanent resident of the United States.