After graduating from TU Dortmund University with a degree in electrical engineering, Christian Holzer started his career at the Siemens Group in 1994.
As project manager, he gathered comprehensive experience in the field of energy plant engineering, with managerial responsibilities and posts held in Germany, USA (1998/99) and Singapore (2000).
In 2001, he joined the procurement function of the Siemens “Energy” sector, division Power Transmission & Distribution. Being entrusted with a succession of procurement leadership roles at different levels of the organization, he has broad knowledge of all aspects of strategic, tactical and operational procurement.
From 2009 to 2012, Christian was Corporate Vice President Pooled Direct Materials in the Corporate Supply Chain Management function at Siemens AG where he was responsible for a total annual purchasing volume of about € 10 bn.
In May 2012, Christian took over the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at thyssenkrupp AG. In charge of leading the Corporate Function Procurement & Supply Management, Christian is responsible for the Groupwide global procurement of direct and indirect materials and services, covering a total annual purchasing volume of about € 27 bn.
Since 2012, Christian and his global leadership team have been driving a comprehensive transformation program to build agile global network structures and drive procurement excellence and innovation to manage the Groups’ spend. The team’s mission is to turn spend into value, delivering bottom-line and top-line effects to the thyssenkrupp businesses.
Christian’s personal credo is “Ohne Daten keine Taten”, which means that all action must be based on a good understanding of facts and figures, i.e. data.