Andreas Fornwald is Partner at Ward Howell International in Düsseldorf.
Andreas’ career development is based on several years of management experience in the power generation and power distribution industry and a subsequent career of 25 years in electrical equipment manufacturing.
Andreas Fornwald has been CEO of three companies producing electrical equipment and has served on many Boards on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a member of an industry association and advisory of German Parliament on energy policy. Andreas’ job was to save these ailing companies to reshape their business and to ensure growth and profitability. He re-vitalized the management team, implemented a successful re-structuring program and dramatically increased revenue, taking all the three companies global and securing their future in large multinational corporations.
Andreas started his career as Commission Engineer for power plants at ABB in 1991 and moved on to Siemens after 5 years, where he progressed from Site Manager to Director of Sales. In his last position at Siemens Andreas was VP of Strategic Alliances and overlooked the regional companies in Eastern Europe and Latin America and reported directly to the Siemens CEO.
As a result-driven manager with outstanding analytical skills Andreas is fluent in English, Russian, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and French. He has lived, studied and worked in Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, China, South-East Asia, Middle East, North Africa and the USA. Moreover, Andreas is equally comfortable with the technical aspect of the business: He holds a master in electrical engineering as well as a European Union patent. He is a corporate strategist, a team player and a growth leader, who believes in the magic of reinvention - both in business and personal skills - to stay ahead of trends and to promote innovation.
In 2016 Andreas joined Ward Howell International as Partner and is focusing on enhancing the industry and energy practice.
Andreas graduated from the University Politechnica of Bucharest, one of the most prestigious universities in South-East Europe, with a master in electrical engineering. Besides he holds a Master of Science from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was a recipient of the exclusive Sloan Fellowship.