Siemens CEO Delivers CEO@Smith Presentation
When Eric Spiegel visited the Robert H. Smith School of Business to give his
CEO@Smith presentation, he was just as excited as the students were to be there.
President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, Spiegel spoke to the crowd of business
and engineering students with a palpable passion for his company and enthusiasm
for the D.C. region that was evident from the get-go.
“We’ve got a lot of students here thinking about their careers and I have a lot
of stories that I think could be useful. Siemens is a great company interested in
hiring great talent, and the University of Maryland is the largest university near
our headquarters in D.C. We have quite a few graduates of the University of Maryland,”
he said at the event on Oct. 16, 2012, adding that they’d be happy to have more.
“Being headquartered in D.C., we have access to CEOs and decision makers, the
ability to influence policy, and access to customers across industries. One of the
things that is becoming a powerful force in business is the relationship with government,”
Spiegel said. “You are all uniquely positioned to find out how business and government
interact. After 30 some years in business, I am now getting a full dose of how government
and government policy impact business.”
Since starting at Siemens three years ago, Spiegel is responsible for growing
the U.S. business in the company’s largest market. With $22 billion in sales, $5
billion in exports and more than 60,000 employees in the U.S., Siemens provides
solutions for more affordable and efficient healthcare, the growing demands of cities
and the nation's infrastructure needs, cleaner sources of energy production, and
industrial productivity. Siemens has more than 130 manufacturing sites across the
U.S. and is represented in all 50 states.
Prior to joining Siemens, Spiegel was with Booz Allen Hamilton from 1986 to 2008
and Booz & Company from 2008 to 2010. He is a graduate of Harvard University and
the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College: “I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio,
and my family always told me to work hard and sacrifice your body by playing football
– so I did, I played football at Harvard,” Spiegel told the crowd.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do – I was an economics major and had no clue,
so I researched physics and nuclear energy. Form that I learned that focus in important,”
Spiegel said. “ As you start to project yourself and your career, start thinking
about how you can differentiate yourself. It’s very difficult these days to find
people for very specific jobs.”
He talked about the positive strides Siemens is making in the U.S., including
creating an initiative to hire U.S. veterans and starting a program in Charlotte,
N.C., where employees receive a free education at the local community college while
working in the local plant.
He also offered the students insights as to what it is like being a CEO:
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.