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Eduardo Montes, member of Siemens’ Managing Board to receive Federal Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany


Eduardo Montes Pérez (55), member of Siemens’ Managing Board, will be receiving the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The German ambassador in Madrid, Dr. Wolf-Ruthart Born, will make the presentation of this award to Mr. Montes a festive occasion at his residence on June 22. Montes was President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Spain from 1995 to 2006. The suggestion for the award commends him for promoting German-Spanish relations unselfishly and with great personal dedication and for enhancing Germany’s reputation in Spain. In the numerous honorary offices he holds, Montes lobbies for Germany and German-Spanish projects. Highlights of his personal involvement include Germany’s Dual System of vocational training, the German School (Deutsche Schule) in Madrid, the youth competition “Jugend forscht” and his sponsorship of cultural facilities. His contributions have enhanced Germany’s reputation in Spain.

“It is a special honor and a great joy to receive this award. I’m especially proud that I can accept the Order of Merit not only for myself but also for our employees. Siemens employs 480,000 people worldwide, nearly 5,000 in Spain alone, and they accomplish great things every day with great energy and dedication. With its size, our company obviously has special obligations to society. To me, meeting these obligations is a key task.”

Dipl. Ing. Eduardo Montes studied electrical engineering in his hometown Madrid. In 1975, he joined Siemens as a student intern and then worked there as a development engineer until 1982. In 1985, he became marketing director at Alcatel in Madrid and was then appointed general director and member of the executive management in 1988. Starting 1994, he led GEC Alsthom Transport in Madrid as CEO and president. In 1995, he returned to Siemens as the CEO of Siemens, S. A., Madrid, and then became president of the Siemens Group in Spain. Montes has been a member of the Siemens Managing Board since 2006. Among other honors, he was voted “Business Leader of the Year” by the business magazine “Ejecutivos,” “Best Entrepreneur of the Year” by AT Kearney and “Manager of the Year” by the business magazine “Actualidad Economica.”

Siemens S.A. has been active in Spain for more than 110 years and today holds a leading position in the country’s economy, specifically in the areas Transportation, Power, Medical, Lighting, Automation and Control as well as Information and Communications. With more than 4,900 employees, Siemens is one of Spain’s largest employers. In fiscal 2006 (ending September 30, 2006), Siemens Spain achieved revenues of €2.404 billion and orders amounted to €2.624 billion.

Media representatives who are interested in attending the award ceremony on Friday, June 22, 2007, can obtain accreditation from the German Embassy.
Location: Deutsche Botschaft, Calle Zurbarán, 23, Madrid
Photo opportunity: around 19:30
Media representatives are requested to be on location by 19:15 at the latest.

Siemens (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics. The company has around 475,000 employees (incl. discontinued operations) 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 over 190 countries. Founded more than 160 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 of €87.3 billion and net income of €3.033 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information is available on the Internet at:


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