May 6, 2021

People Moves (CEO positions): AVEVA, Digimind, Nestle

Georgia Wilson
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CEO | Smart Manufacturing | Digital Factory | Technology | Innovation | Industry 4.0 | Factory of the Future
Discover the latest company moves and position changes to CEOs in the manufacturing industry...

Peter Herweck becomes Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at AVEVA

With more than 30 years of global industrial technology experience in a B2B environment, Peter Herweck has had a successful career in multiple executive and senior management positions across Germany, China, the US and Japan.

Prior to joining AVEVA in 2018 as Vice Chairman of the Board, Herweck has worked for many other industry leaders in the fields of automation, digitalisation, and industrial software, such as Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Mitsubishi.  

Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Philip Aiken, Chairman of the Board at AVEVA said: “Peter Herweck is very familiar with AVEVA’s business having served on AVEVA’s Board since 2018, more recently as Vice Chairman. He brings very significant experience in operating and integrating software businesses and is the ideal appointment at this stage of AVEVA’s development, supported by an experienced executive team that is well versed in integration programs.”

Who is AVEVA?

Founded in 1967, AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software. AVEVA helps businesses to drive digital transformation for those in industrial organisations to help manage complex processes. 

AVEVA pioneers innovations to empower the industrial industry to optimise value, efficiency and sustainability.

Katharina Eissing, Ph.D. joins Digimind as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Joining Digimind labs in March, Katharina Eissing has almost a decade of experience in the digital manufacturing and advanced technology landscape. 

Quickly climbing the ranks at the companies she has worked for, Eissing has held executive roles at the likes of ETH Zurich and Siemens, before co-founding Stealth startup.

Who is Digimind Labs?

Digimind Labs is a startup company, founded in 2020. Digimind labs develops end-to-end AI platforms to accelerate packaging innovation, leveraging machine learning and advanced materials.

Yasser Abdulmalak becomes Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Nestlé Turkey

With a career deep rooted in the Nestlé brand, Yasser Abdulmalak has made his way through the ranks at Nestlé starting as Category & Brand Manager, Abdulmalak has held six other roles at the company before becoming CEO at Nestlé Turkey in April. 

His previous roles include: Marketing Advisor, Business Unit Head, Business Executive Manager, Country Manager, Chairman & CEO, and VP Head of Dairy Zone Europe, Middle East & North Africa.

Who is Nestlé?

Founded in 1866, Nestlé is driven to Unlock “the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come.”

Since its founding, Nestlé has grown its operations to produce more than 2000 brands “ranging from global icons to local favorites,” and currently has a global presence in 186 countries.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

Discover Gartner's Five Best Practices for Post COVID-19 Innovation' in manufacturing.

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