Siemens Mobility appoints senior executive VP
Alexander Biron von Curland will be responsible for developing intelligent, digitalised mobility infrastructure across the Middle East
Alexander Biron von Curland has been appointed to the position of senior executive vice president at Siemens Mobility division in the Middle East
Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, he takes over from Joerg Scheifler and will be responsible for developing intelligent, digitalised mobility infrastructure across the Middle East, including trains, trams, locomotives, smart parking, and traffic management.
“Biron von Curland strengthens our leadership team in the Middle East, bringing extensive cross-sector and global experience to the regional Mobility division,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, chief executive, Siemens Middle East and UAE.
“Digitalisation is driving disruptive change in transport technology and business models, and Biron von Curland’s experience in strategy – combined with his sector knowledge – will be invaluable as we build smarter, more efficient, and increasingly digitalised mobility infrastructure in the region.”
Biron von Curland began his career at Siemens in 2009 in Siemens Management Consulting, working on projects across the company’s healthcare, energy and infrastructure businesses.
In 2011 he moved to the Siemens Infrastructure and Cities sector as head of market and competitor intelligence and business development, and in 2013 took on the role of head of sector strategy, responsible for portfolio development, regional and technology strategies and business development.
Biron von Curland subsequently held senior positions within the Mobility Division’s global customer services business unit, responsible for commuter, regional, intercity, and high-speed trains and locomotives.
Commenting on his appointment, Biron von Curland, said: “The Middle East’s mobility landscape is undergoing an exciting transition, with growing populations requiring smarter cities and a fresh, more environmentally-friendly approach to transport.
“We will combine digital technologies with our infrastructure experience to revolutionise regional mobility, and I look forward to working with our local partners to bring innovative, intelligent, and increasingly personalised transport to the Middle East.”
The GCC currently has some $240bn worth of rail projects in the pipeline, and with one of the fastest-growing population rates in the world it requires modern, efficient and reliable transport infrastructure.
Developments such as Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport, Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Industrial Zone, and Qatar’s Logistics Areas project also demonstrate the region’s ambition to build globally competitive logistics centres, in pursuit of economic diversification.
Prior to joining Siemens, Biron von Curland worked for six years with McKinsey & Company in strategy consulting, with international experience in Brazil, the US, the UK, Poland, Slovakia, Malaysia, and Germany.
Biron von Curland holds a PhD and a master’s degree in physics from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.