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A new chairman and CEO is appointed for Siemens Australia


Siemens Australia has appointed Peter Halliday, who is currently senior vice president at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, as the new chairman and CEO for the region, effective 1 September.

In a career spanning 24 years at Siemens, Halliday has held senior roles within the company in Australia, Asia and Europe. Prior to relocating back to his home country of Australia, he was the global head of Siemens’ Building Performance and Sustainability division operating out of Switzerland. Halliday brings a wealth of experience across various technology fields including engineering, project management, sales, business development, portfolio and senior management.  

Current Siemens Australia chairman and CEO, Jeff Connolly, will leave the company on 31 August after over 37 years with Siemens. 

Matthias Rebellius, member of the Managing Board for Siemens AG, made the announcement: “We are pleased to confirm Peter as the new CEO for Siemens Australia. Peter’s extensive local and global leadership and technical experience will be pivotal to shaping future growth and the digital transformation of our customers in Australia and New Zealand. 

“I also want to thank Jeff Connolly for his incredible contribution to shaping the brand and reputation of Siemens in the region. Jeff is not only highly regarded in Siemens but also across industry and government for his contributions to progressing critical topics related to manufacturing and Industry 4.0, the energy transition including hydrogen and the need for intelligent infrastructure in Australia.” 

Halliday said this is an exciting opportunity and that he is looking forward to working with a great team to progress the company towards its next growth phase.

“Technology and digitalisation will accelerate much needed outcomes for industry, infrastructure, and the environment,” Halliday said. 

The timing coincides with Siemens celebrating their 150th anniversary in Australia this year as well as the announcement of Siemens Xcelerator, which is a new, open digital business platform featuring a curated portfolio of IoT-enabled hardware and software, a powerful ecosystem of partners and a marketplace.  

“Technology has been the backbone of all major transformations in Australia’s history, and proudly, Siemens has been at the centre of this for the past 150 years. Electrification and digitalisation will be at the core of Australia’s next 150 years including energy and industrial transitions,” Halliday said.

“Our focus is to make digital transformation easier, faster and at scale so business and society can be more resilient and better able to adapt quickly to changing local and global circumstances. Naturally, we need like-minded partners and continued strong relationships with industry, academia, governments, and our partners. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the company on this fantastic journey.”

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