ABB names Chun-Yuan Gu President, AMEA, and Frank Duggan President, Europe
ABB announced that Chun-Yuan Gu, Managing Director of ABB China, will become President of the AMEA region. He takes over from Frank Duggan, who has been appointed President of Europe, succeeding Bernhard Jucker, whose retirement was announced earlier. As members of the ABB Executive Committee, both Chun-Yuan Gu and Frank Duggan will report to ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. Both appointments will be effective from 1 July 2017.
“China represents one-third of global growth and is a very important market for ABB. I am very pleased to welcome Chun-Yuan, a China and industrial automation expert, to our Executive Committee. He has a proven track record of delivering superior growth momentum and a profound knowledge of Asia and emerging markets,” said Spiesshofer.
“He will have an important role in implementing our Next Level strategy and further accelerating our growth momentum, for example, through our digital offering, ABB AbilityTM. Chun-Yuan will be key to integrating our announced acquisition of B&R, an innovation leader in machine and factory automation, in the industrial segments of emerging markets. At the same time, I would like to warmly thank Frank for his excellent leadership in the AMEA region and his contributions to the executive committee over the past years. With his extensive knowledge of ABB’s global customers, markets and portfolio and solid track record of enhancing growth momentum, Frank is the ideal next leader for Europe. He will continue to play a key role in the ongoing transformation of ABB towards a more customer and marketoriented company,” Spiesshofer added.
Chun-Yuan Gu and Frank Duggan have spent their careers at ABB. Gu started at ABB in Sweden in 1989 and held leadership positions in R&D, mainly in robotics, before becoming Head of the Robotics Global R&D Centre in Shanghai in 2006. In January 2014, he assumed responsibility for ABB’s operations in China. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Swedish, and holds a degree in engineering from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and a PhD in engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Gu will continue as Managing Director of ABB in China, in addition to his new role, and will be based in Beijing. Duggan succeeds Bernhard Jucker, who will retire effective from 30 June 2017, as previously announced.