Dusseldorf At IBM Germany, there is another change at the helm: Matthias Hartmann will leave the company in early 2020 after two years as head of the national company and take over the management position at the Techem Group. This was announced by the energy service provider on Monday.
The manager is a “proven strategist with extensive experience in technology and digitalization,” said Andreas Umbach, chairman of the board of the energy service provider. He brings along all the prerequisites “to give additional impulses and successfully develop the company”.
Techem wants to realign the business: In addition to measuring energy and water consumption, the company wants to use digital technologies to develop new services, for example, to help the housing industry to increase energy efficiency. The group also wants to improve the “process efficiency in real estate”.
Hartmann has spent more than 25 years in various roles IBMIn the meantime, he headed the market researcher GfK. The IT group confirmed the departure. He has not yet a successor – which will be announced in due course, it said on request. This requires the US company to re-establish the leadership of one of the key markets.
In about two years, the still boss of IBM Germany has changed the organizational structure in order to increasingly develop holistic solutions, such as electronic files for health insurance companies. He allowed himself to be approved by the top management to hire 2,200 outside employees who are new to technology.
In addition, Hartmann strove for the atmosphere, which was bad after extensive job cuts. In employee circles it was to be heard that after his appointment in some department optimism had moved in again. “Especially in a transforming group you have to tell employees clearly that they are good,” Hartmann said in 2018 Handelsblatt.
Hartmann did not comment on his motives for the surprising job change. With a good 3600 employees, Techem is significantly smaller than IBM Germany. However, the manager there is likely to have much more freedom of choice in the opinion of industry circles than in the hierarchical US group.
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