Michael Nilles

Chief Digital Officer, Schindler Group & CEO Schindler Digital Business

Schindler Group

Symposium Roles
CIO Award Judge 2018, 2017, 2016
CIO Award Winner 2015
Speaker/Panelist 2017, 2016, 2015
Panels Participated in
Winning with the Internet of Things (2017)
The CIO Adventure: Insights from the Leadership Award Finalists (2017)
Best Practices for Managing a Digital Innovation Portfolio (2016)
Leading Digital: A Manifesto for IT and Business Executives (2015)

Michael Nilles is member of the Group Executive Committee and Chief Digital Officer
(CDO) for Schindler as well as the CEO of Schindler Digital Business AG. Mr. Nilles
brings more than 20 years of experience spearheading digital innovation and large-
scale digital transformations for multi-billion industrial businesses. As an early
adopter of the Industrial Internet, he gained extensive knowledge in deploying smart,
connected and data-driven capabilities at scale and developing new digital business
Prior to joining Schindler, Mr. Nilles held various executive management positions at
Mannesmann and Bosch Rexroth. As CIO of Bosch Rexroth, he digitized the entire
value chain driving operational excellence. Mr. Nilles began his career as software
engineer and consultant at SAP. During international assignments, he worked and
lived for several years in China and in the US. He also serves on the Board of
Directors of Lufthansa Technik AG.

Mr. Nilles’ work in moving Schindler forward with digital, data and analytics was
recognized in 2015 with the MIT Sloan Leadership Award and the European Digital
Business Innovation Award. He holds a master’s degree in business administration
and computer science from the University of Cologne, Germany.

“On behalf of Schindler, I am incredibly honored to be the 2015 winner of the MIT
Sloan CIO Leadership Award. This is an outstanding recognition of our entire team
which is taking digitization to the next level with great dedication and vigorous
innovation for both, our customers and our employees. It substantiates our strategic
efforts to further drive digitization in order to stay at the forefront of our industry.”

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