David Etzwiler (’90) to Lead the Siemens Foundation
OCTOBER 22, 2013—The Siemens Foundation has announced that David Etzwiler (’90) will join the organization as CEO, effective today. In this newly created position, Etzwiler will oversee day-to-day operations while implementing a strategic vision that expands the foundation's reach and impact. The foundation's mission is to support innovation, research, and educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); it provides more than $7 million annually to enhance STEM education in the United States.
In making the announcement, Jim Whaley, chairman of the Siemens Foundation and senior vice president of corporate communications for Siemens Corp., said, "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. 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."
Etzwiler has more than 15 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. Before that, he was vice president of community affairs and executive director of the Medtronic Foundation. In addition to working in leadership capacities at nonprofits and foundations in Minneapolis, Etzwiler practiced law in the areas of charitable giving and nonprofit management.
"I really couldn't be more excited to be joining the Siemens team," Etzwiler said. "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. The opportunity to further advance the full spectrum of assets at the Siemens Foundation is an amazing opportunity."