Edward G. Krubasik was an unusual addition to the Siemens management board when he joined in 1997. In a company where a top post typically comes only after decades of loyal service, the Vienna native came in as an outsider at a time when Siemens CEO Heinrich von Pierer was looking for new ideas. Trained as a nuclear physicist at the University of Karlsruhe, he had spent more than 20 years at McKinsey & Co., eventually heading the consulting firm's European electronics, telecom, and aerospace activities.
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