Mathias Gaertner is ABB’s new general counsel and company secretary

ABB announced that Mathias Gaertner (pictured) has been appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary and a Member of the Executive Committee. He will join ABB in 2024 and succeed Natalia Shehadeh, who has held the position of General Counsel and Company Secretary ad interim since June 1, 2023, and who in the future will focus on her role as Chief Integrity Officer of ABB. Natalia will remain in her ad interim position until Mathias has joined ABB.

German national, Mathias Gaertner has a strong track record of managing international M&A transactions, litigations, IP and compliance. He is currently Head Legal & Compliance of global construction materials company Holcim and has been a member of its Group Executive Committee since 2021. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Honeywell Building Technologies, most recently as General Counsel, playing an instrumental role in the business’ growth. He has also worked for law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates and Baker & McKenzie. Mathias studied at the University of Münster, Germany, where he obtained his PhD, and is admitted to the German bar.

ABB CEO Björn Rosengren said: “After a thorough selection process we are delighted to appoint a general counsel with extensive experience in decentralized organizations. We look forward to Mathias Gaertner further strengthening the capabilities of our legal teams and building on our strong culture of integrity. I would like to take this opportunity to also thank Natalia for her valuable contribution while stepping in ad interim and wish her all the best for when she returns to her role as ABB’s Chief Integrity Officer.”