Rolls-Royce announces that Andreas Schell has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce Power Systems (RRPS). Schell will join Rolls-Royce later this year, reporting to Chief Executive Warren East, and take up his new position from 1 January 2017, succeeding Dr. Ulrich Dohle who is retiring.
Schell has a wealth of international leadership expertise, running large complex organizations involved in high-technology engineering across a number of sectors including aerospace and automotive in Germany, the U.K. and U.S. He has experience in operational transformation programs, strategy and the development of new business models, products and markets. He joins Rolls-Royce from UTC Aerospace Systems and will work alongside Dr. Dohle until the end of the year to ensure an effective transition.
East says, “I am delighted that Andreas Schell will be joining Rolls-Royce. He is an enthusiastic leader with experience in dealing with large, complex businesses. He has a thorough understanding of product and market development and a passion for outstanding engineering and operational excellence. He also understands the challenges and opportunities that are presented by digital technologies and techniques. I am looking forward to working closely with him. I would also like to thank Dr. Dohle for his valuable support and guidance. He has been instrumental in bringing the business fully into Rolls-Royce and setting out its transformation agenda. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Schell says, “I am very proud to be joining one of the world’s great engineering companies at an exciting time in its development. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has great prospects with strong positions in global markets. It has an impressive history and an excellent track record in delivering innovative products and satisfying customers. I look forward to meeting the team and working together with my new colleagues to secure the continued success of the business.”
Schell, a German citizen, is currently Vice President, Digital Strategy, for UTC Aerospace Systems with responsibility for creating new digital tools and services. He joined UTC in 2009 as Vice President, Engineering, for Aerospace Power Systems, before being appointed as President, Electric Systems and then President, Actuation & Propeller Systems. Previously, Schell worked at Chrysler, where he held a number of positions including Vice President, Electrical and Electronics Core Engineering and was responsible for developing and releasing electric systems for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge product lines. He was also responsible for hybrid development, fuel cell systems and advanced vehicle engineering at DaimlerChrysler. He began his career as a development engineer at Daimler-Benz in 1996.
Schell has an MBA from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a specialization in energy systems engineering, from Technische Universität Clausthal in Germany. Schell is a member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).