ABB, the power and automation technology group, appoints Bazmi Husain as chief technology officer (CTO), effective January 1, 2016. Husain has been with ABB for more than 30 years and will report to CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. Husain is currently managing director of ABB India Ltd. In his new role, he will be based in Bangalore, India, with an office in Switzerland.
As chief technology officer, Husain will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of ABB’s global R&D, which serves the entire company, its scientists and engineers, and for the R&D activities within ABB’s divisions. The heads of R&D at group and division level as well as ABB’s venture capital arm, ABB Technology Ventures, will report to him. ABB has corporate research centers seven countries. The company reportedly spends $1.5 billion annually on R&D and employs some 8,500 technologists.
Husain, an Indian citizen, joined ABB in 1981, and managed a variety of local business units and divisions in India and Singapore before taking responsibility for ABB’s Corporate Research Center (CRC) in India in 2002. From 2005 through 2009 he was director of ABB’s CRC in Västerås, Sweden, and also led ABB’s global automation technology research.
From 2009 to 2011 Husain was head of ABB’s Smart Grid industry segment initiative. In this role, he pioneered agreements with partners such as General Motors and Deutsche Telekom.
For more information, visit: www.abb.com