Jeff Connolly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens Group in the Australia Pacific region, the first Australian to hold this position since 1984. He reports directly to the Siemens AG Managing Board.
Jeff's 30 year career in Siemens has given him direct involvement in all areas of the Siemens portfolio as well as broad intercultural business experiences throughout Australia, Europe and Asia; most significantly he has lived and worked in China for a total of seven years. Between 2009 and 2012 he was CFO of Siemens North East Asia based in Beijing and responsible for more than 80 manufacturing companies, employing approx 40,000 people, generating a turnover of approximately A$ 9 billion.
Chief Executive Officer
Originally from Melbourne, Jeff is a graduate of Melbourne University, and has completed the general management program of Duke University USA. He is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, National Trustee of CEDA, founding member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, President of the Ai Group Victoria and National Vice President (Victoria) to the Ai Group National Council, Director of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, member of the Victorian Government Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, Director of the European Australian Business Council, member of the Business Council of Australia, member of the Prime Minister/Chancellor German-Australian Bilateral Advisory Group and Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Task Force, Director of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP and Director of the New Bendigo Hospital PPP.
Siemens has been active in the Pacific region for over 140 years. The Siemens Group has interests in turnover in the region of approximately A$ 2 billion and provides employment to 2,200 people. Siemens’ local financial commitment, via local equity, and in debt and equity participation in public infrastructure, is approximately A$ 1 billion.
Jeff lives on the Mornington Peninsula, is fluent in German, has four sons, and his interests include golf, sailing and tennis.