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Karsten Ottenberg

CEO, BSH Home Appliances

Karsten Ottenberg is CEO of BSH Appliances (BSH Hausgeräte GmbH), Europe's largest home appliance manufacturer.

Ottenberg served as Vice President Marketing & Sales Automotive Europe and General Manager Marketing & Sales Germany; two years later in 1999, he was promoted to Vice President for Sales Operations Europe. Also in 1999, Ottenberg took on the position of General Manager for Business Unit Identification, with global responsibility for the company’s smartcard and RFID chip activities. He was named Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Sales Consumer & Multimedia Division in 2002. In 2005, after a total of 18 years with Royal Philips Electronics, Ottenberg left the Dutch company and became Chairman of the Management Board of the international technology corporation Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, based in Munich. He also served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of secunet Security Networks AG in the years 2005 to 2013.   Ottenberg has been the Chairman of the Board of Management of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since July 1, 2013.