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Karsten Ottenberg - CEO
“Our strategy is Hardware+. With our outstanding brands, high-quality products and first-class solutions, we want to improve people's quality of life at home by supplementing our high-quality home appliances (hardware) with digital services (+).”

Karsten Ottenberg

Chairman of the Management Board
Chief Executive Officer

Born 1961 in Hamburg

studied physics, mathematics and informatics at the University of Hamburg, graduated as graduate physicist. Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in the Natural Sciences department at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

  • 1987 Research Associate, Philips Corporate Research
  • 1993 Marketing Manager Microcontroller Products Central Europe, Philips Semiconductors
  • 1994 Regional Marketing & Sales Manager Automotive and Identification Central Europe, Philips Semiconductors
  • 1997 Vice President Marketing & Sales Automotive Europe and General Manager Marketing & Sales Germany, Philips Semiconductors
  • 1999 Vice President Sales Operations Europe, Philips Semiconductors
  • 1999 General Manager Business Unit Identification, Philips Semiconductors
  • 2002 Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Sales Consumer & Multimedia Division, Philips Semiconductors
  • 2005 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
  • 2013 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BSH
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