Dr. Martin Hieber has been appointed to VDE Executive Vice President Technology and Networks and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since October 01, 2022.
Most recently, he was responsible for product and technology planning, corporate investment planning, and innovation management at Robert Bosch GmbH. His responsibilities also included global manufacturing and development coordination and site planning.
He had already been working for Robert Bosch GmbH in various product development functions since 2004. Starting with the establishment of the product development system, he built up the Group's innovation system, which in 2011 was rated as one of the best innovation systems in Europe in a benchmarking exercise under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
From 2012 to 2014, he established the Group's strategic product and technology planning. Between 2015 and 2018, he established several innovation projects to strengthen the European innovation power of Robert Bosch GmbH. Going forward from 2019 to 2021, he established the functional risk management technology as well as the global site planning of the group.
Prior to that, he was responsible for the business area Corporate Planning at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation and was a member of the Institute's Executive Committee. At the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, he established the new fields of sustainability, product recycling and product management. He participated in the foundation of the Fraunhofer Resource Center Japan and was a fellow of the Lucent Technology and AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowships in New Jersey, USA. Several committees and advisory board assignments have completed his networking activities.
Dr. Martin Hieber studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart before starting his career at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. There he completed his doctorate in the field of sustainable production technology. Postgraduate studies at various international universities expanded his scientific education.