ABB announces changes to Business Area leadership in Executive Committee

  • Tarak Mehta (55) currently President of ABB’s Electrification Business Area and Member of Executive Committee to become President of Motion Business Area
  • Morten Wierod (49) currently President of ABB’s Motion Business Area and Member of Executive Committee to become President of Electrification Business Area

ABB today announced changes to the leadership of two Business Areas within the Executive Committee as of April 1, 2022. Morten Wierod, currently President of Motion, will become President of Electrification, while Tarak Mehta, currently President of Electrification, will become President of Motion.

“Both Morten and Tarak have shown strong leadership and proven track records during their careers at ABB. Since Morten took over the leadership of Motion, he has successfully cemented our global leadership position in both the drives and electric motors business. During Tarak’s leadership, Electrification has positioned itself as one of the leading businesses in its field, acquired and integrated GE Industrial Solutions and driven significant growth of the E-mobility business while improving overall performance,” said ABB CEO Björn Rosengren.

“This is now the right time for Morten and Tarak to take on new roles and drive performance of the Business Areas to higher levels of profitable growth. I am delighted that they have both accepted the challenge to lead our most profitable Business Areas, which are core to the Group’s purpose of electrifying the world while driving energy efficiency,” he added.

U.S. and Swiss-national Mehta joined ABB in 1998 and has held various management positions in the Power Products division in the U.S., Sweden and Switzerland. He then became global head of ABB’s Transformers business and was appointed to ABB’s Executive Committee in 2010 as President of the Low Voltage Products division and in 2016 became President of the Electrification business. Before joining ABB, he worked for eight years at Cooper Power Systems in the U.S. Mehta has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

Norwegian-national Wierod joined ABB in 1998 and held several senior management positions in Norway. He then moved to China in 2008 as local manager for low voltage products and moved to Switzerland in 2011 as Managing Director of Control Products. In 2015, he was appointed Managing Director of the Business Unit Drives in the Robotics and Motion division. In 2019 he joined the Executive Committee as President of the Motion Business Area. Wierod holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB Electrification is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility.

ABB Motion keeps the world turning - while saving energy every day. We innovate and push the boundaries of technology to enable the low-carbon future for customers, industries and societies. With our digitally enabled drives, motors and services our customers and partners achieve better performance, safety and reliability. We offer a combination of domain expertise and technology to deliver the optimum drive and motor solution for a wide range of applications in all industrial segments. Through our global presence we are always close to serve our customers. Building on over 130 years of cumulative experience in electric powertrains, we learn and improve every day.

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