Janina Kugel – Germany’s Most Prominent Manager

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Janina’s Key Achievements

2021 – Member of the Supervisory Board at TUI
2021 – Board of Directors at Kyndryl
2020 – Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group
2020 – Senior Advisor at EQT Group
2017 – Member of the Supervisory Board at Pensions-Sicherungs-Vererin
2016 – Board of Directors at Koncranes
2015 – Member of the Managing Board and Chief Human Resources Officer
2013 – Corporate Vice President of Human Resources at Siemens
2013 – Member of the Supervisory Board at Osram Opto Semiconductors
2012 – Chief Human Resources Officer at Osram Opto Semiconductors
2009 – Director of Human Resources at Osram Opto Semiconductors
2005 – Director Corporate Development Executive at Osram Opto Semiconductors
2001 – Director of Strategy Business Transformation at Siemens AG
1997 – Management Consultant at Accenture
Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mainz, Germany
Bachelor’s degree from the University of Verona, Italy


Janina Kugel is a leading German manager and supervisory board member. With extensive experience in HR, business management and consultancy, Janina is a driven professional.

Speaking on topics such as leadership, strategy, diversity and HR, Janina embraces change in the world of business.

Named as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices of 2022, she gives motivational talks on investing on human resources, business, change management, the power of diversity and the future of work.

Leaving the company in 2020, Janina became a member of supervisory board, TUI AG, as well as Finnish company, Konecranes and Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein, a German insurance association.

In 2020, Janina also came a founding member of the Council of Labour of the Federal Ministry of Labour.

Standing down in 2021, Janina has since joined the Boston Consulting Group, where she currently works as a Senior Advisor.

Throughout her career, Janina has been in managerial positions responsible for diversity, human resources, training and education.

As a speaker, Janina has profound knowledge in such areas and is a motivational figure for all audiences as her inspiring voice advocates for change in business.

Janina Kugel is the “most prominent German manager” according to SPIEGEL.

For many years, Janina Kugel was the secret superstar (BILD: “Star Manager”) of Siemens AG as Chief Human Resources Officer of the company. She gave the company “a young, cool image on the cutting edge” (FAZ).

Janina started her career as a management consultant at Accenture.

During this period, she worked for international companies throughout Europe and the United States, mainly focusing on process reengineering, restructuring and organisational design.

After moving into industrial organisations, she held several management and leadership positions at Siemens in the areas of Business Strategy and Human Resources.

At Osram Lighting Janina served as Chief Human Resources Officer, where she had global responsibility for Human Resources, Executive Development and Diversity.

From 2015 until 2020 she was Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG with global responsibility for Human Resources, including the areas of Diversity, Learning and Education, Social Innovation, and Environmental Protection, Health Management and Safety (EHS).

Janina holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and the University of Verona, Italy.

Janina Kugel serves as Non-Executive Board Member of Konecranes Oyj, Finland, and as Member of the Supervisory Boards of tour operator TUI AG and pension guaranty association PSVaG.

From 2001 until 2020, Kugel held various roles at the German industrial concern Siemens AG, most recently as Chief Human Resources Officer and a Member of the Managing Board, responsible for human resources worldwide, including diversity, education and training, social innovations as well as environmental protection, health management and safety.

Before that, she held various leadership positions at Siemens and Osram Licht AG in the areas of human resources and strategy in Germany, China and Italy.

Kugel is an active supporter of numerous national and international diversity initiatives. She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany and the Università di Verona in Italy.

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