A contact of mine within Siemens Building Technologies (SBT) has informed me that George West, vice president and head of SBT’s Security Solutions Business Unit, has stepped down. His last day with the giant systems integrator was Nov. 24. West apparently accepted a position with a much smaller firm outside of the security industry.
My source assured me that this change has nothing to do with SBT’s recent strategic reshuffling maneuvers, and that despite some rumors to the contrary the company remains fully committed to the security space, or as he put it, “In it to win it.” In fact, he said SBT’s recent moves have been quite successful and that the company had a great year in 2008.
West, who spent 14 years with SBT, succeeded Alan Calegari in December 2005. Calegari left SBT in October of that year after serving in the position for just a year, and later became president of Dedicated Micros until this past summer. SBT is presently looking for a permanent replacement for West, with Bernhard Veitl assuming the role on an interim basis.
Although an official announcement was pending at the time of this writing, the following press release was issued on Dec. 2 detailing another key appointment who will report to Veitl. Here is that release …
Carey Boethel Joins Siemens Building Technologies, Inc, Security Solutions Business Unit
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., - Dec. 2, 2008 - Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., announced today that Carey Boethel has joined the Security Solutions Business Unit as Senior Director, Business Development reporting directly to the Interim Business Unit Head, Bernhard Veitl.
Boethel has more than 15 years of experience in the security industry. He has held various senior leadership positions at NetVersant Solutions, Inc.; Safir Rossetti; Kroll, Inc.; and Schiff & Associates, Inc.
Throughout his career he has gained extensive experience in P&L management, mergers and acquisitions, marketing, strategic planning, business development, and international business focused on Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
At Siemens, Boethel will be responsible for managing the effective implementation of the Business Unit strategies and programs in the field organization. “Carey brings a wealth of security industry experience to Siemens,” said Bernhard Veitl, interim Business Unit Head. “He has a proven track record and vast industry knowledge, and he will be a great asset to our team as we significantly expand our presence in the security integration market.”
Boethel earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Protection Professional.
As a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, fire safety and security systems solutions, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., makes buildings comfortable, safe, secure and less costly to operate. With U.S. headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. employs 7,400 people and provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations coast-to-coast. Worldwide, the company has 28,000 employees and operates from more than 500 locations in 51 countries.
For more information on Siemens Building Technologies, visit: www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies
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