Dr. Horst Langer of Siemens AG dies
München, Germany – Dr. Horst Langer, a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG for many years, died on January 5, 2007 at the age of 70. Langer was employed at Siemens for 37 years.
Horst Langer was born in the Silesian city of Wroclaw. After studying electrical engineering in Darmstadt and Munich, he joined Continental Elektroindustrie AG – a company later acquired by Siemens – in 1961. While employed there, Langer received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1966.
Langer occupied a number of positions at Siemens Power Engineering in Erlangen, Germany before assuming responsibility for the Group’s medium-voltage power division. In 1978, he was appointed head of Siemens India Ltd., Bombay, where his efforts were instrumental in turning this enterprise into one of Siemens’ largest regional companies. Siemens, which has traditionally maintained a strong presence in India, is currently achieving particularly high growth rates there. In early 1984, Langer returned from India to join the Power Engineering and Automation Group, where he was responsible for the entire industrial business.
In 1986, Langer was named a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. When the Corporate Executive Committee was formed during a reorganization in 1989, he was also appointed to this body. In addition, Langer was named Chairman of Siemens Corporation, New York in 1988. He played a major role in the company’s expansion and success in the U.S., which is Siemens’ largest single market today. In the early 1990s, Langer’s responsibility was extended to encompass all Siemens regional companies in North and South America.
Langer was known as a decision-maker and a strategic thinker. As a member of the Corporate Executive Committee, he also had special responsibility for the Medical Engineering and Transportation Systems Groups and Osram. Langer retired on October 1, 1998.
With his straightforward, no-nonsense approach and outstanding technical expertise, Langer challenged both himself and his employees to be top achievers. His personal, direct management style earned him great respect among peers and subordinates alike. Langer’s ability to delegate was also a valuable skill which enabled him to accomplish tremendous amounts of work in his various capacities in Erlangen, Munich and New York.
Siemens (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics. The company has around 475,000 employees working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of services for individual requirements. Siemens provides innovative technologies and comprehensive know-how to benefit customers in 190 countries. Founded more than 155 years ago, the company focuses on the areas of Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical, and Lighting. In fiscal 2006 (ended September 30), Siemens had sales from continuing operations of €87.3 billion and net income of €3.1 billion. Further information is available on the Internet at: www.siemens.com