Frequently Asked Questions

Innovative strength, a passion for technology, sustainability, responsibility and an uncompromising commitment to quality and excellence – this is what Siemens has exemplified for 170 years and it is what our claim “Ingenuity for life” stands for. “Ingenuity” means innovation, engineering skill and genius. For us, it also holds a sense of community: We are united in our actions and work in partnership with our customers.

As a globally operating technology company, we rigorously leverage the advantages that our setup provides. With our positioning along the electrification value chain, we have knowhow that extends from power generation to intelligent power transmission and distribution to the most efficient energy use. And with our outstanding strengths in automation, we are well equipped for the future and the digital age.

Ingenuity for life

Siemens has a very comprehensive product range. This includes systems and services for power generation, transmission and distribution, as well as energy-efficient products and solutions for production, transportation and building technology; also technologies for high-quality and integrated healthcare. Automation technology, software and data analytics play a central role in all these areas. Our Financial Services Division makes capital available for Siemens and our customers.

Our Businesses

Our Company is subdivided into eight Divisions and two Strategic Units: the Divisions Power and Gas, Power Generation Services, Energy Management, Building Technologies, Mobility, Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives as well as the Strategic Units Healthineers and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which together form our Industrial Business. The Division Financial Services supports the activities of our Industrial Business and also conducts its own business with external customers. As “global entrepreneurs” our Divisions and Strategic Units carry business responsibility worldwide, including with regard to their operating results.

Our Businesses

Siemens is a globally operating technology company with business activities in nearly all countries of the world. 87 percent of our revenues are generated outside Germany. Detailed information on our locations across the world can be found via the link below:

Our worldwide presence

As of September 30, 2017, Siemens has approximately 372,000 employees, around 21,000 more than in the previous year. 61 percent of all employees are in Europe, C.I.S., Africa, and the Middle East, 20 percent in the Americas, and 19 percent in Asia and Australia. More than 90 percent of our employees are permanently employed.

Life at Siemens

Siemens is a stock corporation led by a Managing Board, to which the following people belong (as of December 1, 2017):

  • Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for Governance and Markets, Communications as well as Legal and Compliance.
  • Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for Corporate Technology, Corporate Development and the Divisions Building Technologies and Mobility. He also oversees the regions Middle East and CIS ­– in addition to Sustainability and next47, our independent unit for startups.
  • Lisa Davis, Chair and CEO Siemens Corporation, USA, is in charge of the Divisions Power and Gas and Power Generation Services as well as the Americas.
  • Klaus Helmrich is responsible for the Divisions Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives as well as for the regions Europe and Africa.
  • Janina Kugel, Chief Human Resources Officer, is responsible for Diversity, Social Innovation and Environmental Protection, Health Management and Safety.
  • Cedrik Neike is responsible for the Energy Management Division. Additionally, he oversees the regions Asia and Australia.
  • Michael Sen is responsible for the Strategic Units Siemens Healthineers and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. He also oversees Global Services.
  • Ralf P. Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for Finance and Controlling as well as Financial Services.

Management and Corporate Structure

Our values – responsible, excellent and innovative – are the basis for Siemens’ success. They provide us with orientation and guide our decision-making processes. With our daily actions, we express them and make them come alive.

Strategy overview

If you want to gear a company to the future, you’ve got to provide answers to the following questions: What do you stand for? What sets you apart? How will you achieve long-term success? And that’s what we’ve done. Vision 2020 defines an entrepreneurial concept that will enable our company to consistently occupy attractive growth fields, sustainably strengthen our core business and outpace our competitors in efficiency and performance.

Strategy overview

For close to 170 years, our success has been built on market-leading technologies and convincing business models. Innovation at Siemens means ideas that earn money. They can be products, solutions and services that set benchmarks – in the world of technology and beyond.

In fiscal 2017, we spent approximately 5.2 billion euros on research and development – corresponding to an R&D intensity of 6.2 percent. R&D intensity provides information about what percentage of economic output is spent on research and development. This investment is reflected in the number of patents: about 3,600 patents were filed in fiscal 2017. In total, Siemens currently holds about 63,000 patents worldwide.


Sustainability is a key part of successfully implementing our corporate strategy “Vision 2020.” Our understanding of sustainability is based on our company values: responsible, excellent, innovative. At Siemens, we define sustainable development as the means to achieve profitable, long-term growth. Externally, we adhere to the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development while internally striving to keep the three dimensions of sustainability – people, planet, profit – in balance.


We have set ourselves an ambitious goal: to make the company CO2-neutral by 2030. To do it, we’re concentrating on four areas: energy efficiency, decentralized energy systems, optimization of our fleet of vehicles, and the use of electricity from renewable sources.

The Siemens Environmental Portfolio is the engine driving us toward decarbonization. It enables us to meet challenges such as climate change, pollution, and resource scarcity. The Environment Portfolio consists of products, systems, solutions and services that serve the growth of renewable energy sources and the improvement of energy efficiency. In this way, Siemens is helping to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are the major causes of climate change.


Siemens was founded in 1847 by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske as the “Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske” (Telegraph Construction Company of Siemens & Halske). The basis for this was the invention of the electrical pointer telegraph by Werner von Siemens, which ushered in the modern era of telecommunication.  

Werner von Siemens

In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. We received orders worth €85.7 billion.

Siemens at a Glance