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057: Diversity Initiatives and Strategic Business Transformation

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

057: Diversity Initiatives and Strategic Business Transformation


On today’s episode, Thom  and Craig welcome Stefan Jockusch, the Vice President of Strategy at Siemens Digital Industries.  Stefan has seen first hand the value and importance of transforming business through the relationship between the strategy and diversity initiatives.  He shares insights into fostering and nurturing workplace diversity and overcoming intrinsic cultural biases in order to maximize your company’s potential.  This concept is more critical than ever, and while studies have shown that companies that do well with diversity do better with their bottom line, it is even more important that we all work to more fully embrace diversity simply because it is the better way of conducting business. 

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

The importance of strategically transforming business

  • What does it take to help a business make a lasting transformation? 

  • Asking questions and challenging processes is an essential step to strategic transformation 

  • A diverse workforce is a key component of a successful, strategic workforce

How to improve workforce diversity 

  • Gender diversity is the first and critical starting place for a diverse workforce 

  • An open and transparent workforce will move equality forward to equity

  • Common challenges that companies face when increasing diversity and ideas for overcoming intrinsic cultural biases within your company 

  • The importance of taking a stand in your company and in your community, including avoiding otherwise limiting cultural clashes 

  • The measurable and unmeasurable benefits of promoting cultural diversity within your workforce

Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at



Dr. Stefan Jockusch is vice president of Strategy for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division.  In this role, he is responsible for driving strategic business planning and market intelligence as well as coordinating business activities across all Siemens PM Software business segments and with Digital Factory Division leadership.  Jockusch has served in a number of business leadership and R&D management roles, driving the development and market introduction of radically innovative mechatronic systems, demonstrating ability to build and grow winning cross-functional and multinational teams, foster partnerships with suppliers, build a strong patent portfolio and improve overall business performance.


Jockusch initially came to Siemens PLM Software from Dematic Corporation, where he was vice president of Research Development, leading the renewal of the entire portfolio of material handling products, hardware and system software and launching new products protected by over 50 patents. Prior to that, he built the solution business for Siemens’ Electronics Assembly division, introducing the first seamlessly integrated electronics manufacturing lines.


Jockusch began his career at Siemens as a management consultant with Siemens Corporate Technology. He later moved to Siemens AG as executive board assistant for the industry, transportation and technology sectors, where he managed several strategic initiatives. A U.S. and German citizen with broad international experience, he relocated to the United States in 2001 and later decided to make the U.S. his family’s permanent home.


Stefan holds a PhD summa cum laude in natural sciences from University of Bielefeld and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Göttingen. He enjoys biking, golf and spending time with his wife and their two sons.

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