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IoT expert to head up Bosch Building Technologies

Dr. Tanja Rückert to join Bosch from SAP on July 1

  • Dr. Stefan Hartung: “An experienced IoT specialist, Ms. Rückert is a great win for us.”
  • Present office holder Gert van Iperen to retire on July 31, 2018
Dörthe Warnk

Dörthe Warnk


Stuttgart, Germany – Effective July 1, 2018, the IoT specialist Dr. Tanja Rückert will be joining the Bosch Group. Effective August 1, she will assume the position of president of the Bosch Building Technologies division (2017: sales of 1.9 billion euros, 9,000 associates). Rückert currently heads up the IoT and Digital Supply Chain business unit at SAP SE in Walldorf, Germany. She succeeds Gert van Iperen (63), who will retire on July 31. “I am very happy that Tanja Rueckert is joining Bosch. We will be gaining an internationally recognized specialist in IoT and Industry 4.0. She will drive forward, optimize, and implement our strategy of connectivity in products, systems, and solutions for security, communication, and energy efficiency,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, whose responsibilities on the Bosch board of management include the Energy and Building Technology business sector. Hartung also praised the work done by her predecessor: “Gert van Iperen is someone who always acts intelligently and pragmatically. With great foresight, he anticipated the impact of connectivity and digitalization on security and building technology. In addition, he made the business with solutions and services in this area continuously more global.”

I am very happy that Tanja Rueckert is joining Bosch. We will be gaining an internationally recognized specialist in IoT and Industry 4.0.

Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the Bosch board of management

More than 20 years of international experience in the software world

“In the IoT age, data are becoming a core component of industrial value creation, and software the central nervous system of a highly connected world. I’m greatly looking forward to contributing my experience in both these areas to Bosch,” Rückert said. A mother of two with a PhD in chemistry, Rückert has been with SAP since 1997. She has 20 years of experience as an executive with strategic and operational responsibility in the software industry. She has a wealth of expertise in areas such as digital transformation, the internet of things, connected manufacturing, and connected logistics. During her career at SAP, she worked in Germany and the United States (Silicon Valley), and headed up teams operating across the globe in Palo Alto, Walldorf, Bengaluru, Shanghai, and other locations.

Bosch Building Technologies

Bosch Building Technologies is a leading international supplier of products and systems for security and communication. In selected countries, Bosch also offers solutions and services for building security, energy efficiency, and building automation. Its product portfolio includes video-surveillance, intrusion, fire-alarm, and voice-alarm systems, as well as access-control and management systems. The portfolio is rounded out with professional audio and conference systems for the communication of voice, sound, and music. Building Technologies has engineering and manufacturing operations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

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About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. It is entrusted with the task of safeguarding the company’s long-term existence and in particular its financial independence – in line with the mission handed down in the will of the company’s founder, Robert Bosch.

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