Gerald Fliegel

Gerald Fliegel is Senior Vice President “Research and Development” – Business Administrator Siemens VAI Technologies GmbH. Born 1961 in Salzburg, he began studying at the Technical University of Graz in 1979 and graduated there in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 1984. First professional engagement in Linz for 2 years for Voest Alpine, working in the design and development of hydropower turbines. In 1986 he became an employee of Siemens Austria and started working as a project manager and advisor for Siemens internal software projects, mostly in Munich and Berlin. He was in charge of the database-design and of division-wide data models for several Siemens groups. In 1995 he moved to Vienna as a project director and later on as product manager, responsible for the Siemens chip card terminals for the nationwide operating “electronic wallet”. In 1998 he was assigned head of Innovation Management and began working on the conceptual design and build-up of this division. Main focus was to identify and develop new business opportunities for Siemens Austria. From 2003 to 2007 he was responsible for the newly created division “Intellectual Asset Management” which was created to exploit synergies between the activities of Innovation Management, patent department and the employees’ “Suggestion of Improvement” System. Moving to Siemens VAI in Linz in 2007 he was assigned Senior Vice President “Research and Development” and actually holds the function of a Business Administrator for central R&D. From 2004 – 2008 he lectured “Business Communication” on the Fachhochschule Kuchl and the University of Salzburg.