Schneider Electric announces new appointment for Automation Pacific Hub Leader & Industry VP for Australia
Sydney (Australia), March 8, 2017 - Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, is expanding its expertise within the Industry business unit, with the announcement of a new appointment, Neil Smith. Commencing 1 March 2017, Neil will begin his role as Schneider Electric’s Pacific Hub Leader & Industry VP Australia.
Neil’s new role will see him take charge of the Process Automation, Software and OEM/BIC business portfolio, which includes market leading brands Modicon, Citect, ClearSCADA, WonderWare, Foxboro Triconex,and Altivar.
“We are thrilled to welcome Neil into our leadership team at Schneider Electric. With a rare blend of leadership and technical skills coupled with strong commercial acumen, Neil has a long standing record of meeting and exceeding the needs of our industry customers. This appointment recognises Neil’s ongoing commitment to Schneider Electric and his ability to drive our team to succeed in a fast-evolving landscape,” said Gareth O’ Reilly, Zone President, Pacific International Operations.
Smith has over 15 years’ of experience in the automation industry where he began and held both global and regional segment roles for Oil & Gas market with Rockwell. In 2014, Smith joined the former Invensys Australia as Director, Project Delivery Engineering. Post integration, Neil took on a different leadership role focusing on Product Management and Business Development for Process Automation before taking up a Sales Leadership position at Schneider Electric in early 2016.
“I’m excited to be taking on this new role with Schneider Electric. To move into a strategic leadership position at a company at the forefront of innovation in developing connected technologies and solutions that address industry challenges is a real honour. I am proud to continue working for Schneider Electric and look forward to being part of a team setting the future direction of this global energy management and automation market leader,” said Smith.