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metal products executive , Electronics executive

Klaus Kleinfeld, German metal products executive, former electronics executive. Director Metropolitan Opera, New York City.


Kleinfeld, Klaus was born on November 6, 1957 in Bremen, Germany. Son of Klaus Joachim and Elisabeth Berta (Freier) Kleinfeld.


Master of Business Administration, University Goettingen, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wuerzburg, 1992.


Researcher University Muenster, Germany, 1980-1982. Consultant Institute Professor Bergler, Nuernberg, Germany, 1982-1985. Product strategy Ciba-Geigy, Basle, Switzerland, 1985-1986.

Consultant Siemens AG, Munich, 1987, corporation strategies manager, personnel department corporation planning and development, 1988—1994, head corporation projects, corporation planning and development, 1994, head corporation consultant, 1995, head fluoroscopy & imaging, angiogrpahy division, medical engineer group, 1998—2000, executive vice president medical solutions group, 2000—2002. Chief operating officer Siemens Corporation (United States of America), 2001—2002, Chief Executive Officer, 2002—2003. Member corporation executive committee Siemens AG, Munich, 2004—2005, president, Chief Executive Officer, 2005—2007.

President, chief operating officer Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, 2007—2008, president, Chief Executive Officer, 2008—2010, chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer, since 2010. Board directors Nokia Siemens Networks B.V., 2002—2007, Alcoa Inc., since 2003, Bayer AG, since 2005, Citigroup Inc., 2005—2007, International Business Council, World Economic Forum. Board trustees The Conference Board, Inc.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Argwohn, 1980, Strategic Management and Corporate Identity, 1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Director Metropolitan Opera, New York City.


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, running, tennis, art.


Married Birgit Henriette Müeller, July 27, 1982. Children: Hannah, Lena.

Klaus Joachim Kleinfeld

Elisabeth Berta (Freier) Kleinfeld

Birgit Henriette Müeller

Hannah Kleinfeld

Lena Kleinfeld