WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Siemens Foundation announced today that David Etzwiler will join the organization as CEO, effective October 22, 2013. In this newly created position, Etzwiler will oversee day-to-day operations of the organization while implementing a strategic vision that expands both the reach and the impact of the Foundation. With a mission to support innovation, research and educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually to enhance STEM education in the U.S.
“David’s extensive experience in corporate philanthropy and his unique understanding of the intersection of business and society will enable the Foundation to explore new ways to bring people, products and programs together”
“David’s extensive experience in corporate philanthropy and his unique understanding of the intersection of business and society will enable the Foundation to explore new ways to bring people, products and programs together,” said Jim Whaley, Chairman of the Siemens Foundation and Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Siemens Corporation. “At a time when STEM jobs are growing three times faster than non-STEM jobs, the Siemens Foundation is committed to supporting the development of the inventors and innovators of tomorrow.”
"I really couldn't be more excited to be joining the Siemens team. Siemens has such a rich history of creating products to improve individual lives and society and the Foundation is already a recognized leader in STEM education,” said Etzwiler. “The opportunity to further advance the full spectrum of assets at the Foundation is an amazing opportunity."
Etzwiler joins the Siemens Foundation with more than fifteen years of experience in both corporate and healthcare foundations. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Decade of Discovery in Diabetes, a partnership between the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota. While there, Etzwiler executed a portfolio-based strategy to make Minnesota the state with the lowest incidence and growth rate for diabetes in the country. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Medtronic Foundation, the philanthropic arm of a medical technology company. In addition to serving in several leadership capacities at non-profits and foundations in Minneapolis, David practiced law in the areas of charitable giving and non-profit management. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School.
About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, a STEM research competition for high school students, Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a sustainability challenge which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues and the Siemens STEM Academy, a national educator professional development program designed to support educators in their efforts to foster student achievement in STEM fields. By supporting outstanding students and educators today, and recognizing the mentors and schools that inspire STEM educational excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies. For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.