FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Siemens ‘ (SIEGn.DE): Chief Executive, Joe Kaeser, on Friday, accused the Germans of not acknowledging the real visionaries, and are in a place to admire the pot smoker who will talk about space travel, just a couple of days after his deputy, praised Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk.
FILE PHOTO: Siemens CEO, Joe Kaeser has, for a visit of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the company’s factory in Goerlitz, Germany, on July 15, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo
“It’s funny the opinions in our country, When a German, the chief executive is proactively focusing its business into the future, he will be considered to be ‘exalted’ and ‘philosophical’. When a pot-smoking co-worker in the United States of america speaks Peterchen’s moon ride, and he is admired as a visionary,” this is proof that tweeted, a reference to a German children’s story about space travel.
Siemens declined to comment on the tweet, which came a day after Siemens ‘ Deputy Chief Executive: Roland Busch, who is German, described Tesla’s (TSLA.D) Musk as a “thought leader.”
This is proof that statement led to a lively debate on social media, the Siemens CEO, a later attempt to clarify his comments.
In an interview with a journalist from the business daily, Its said in a tweet on Saturday that there was no need for wild speculations, and efforts to pull the reference to Busch’s remark about the Musk.
“This is NOT about Mr. Busch’s and/or Mr. Musk,” Kaeser said, adding that his aim was rather to focus attention on the entrepreneurial spirit in Germany, and the declining relevance of the German companies.
Musk has led to a Twitter-storm of last year, shortly after smoking marijuana on a live show, with comedian Joe Rogan.
In September, Siemens promoted the Busch, deputy chief executive officer, putting him in pole position to replace Its head of the German giant.
On Oct. 31, Busch tweeted, “Great to meet w/ @elonmusk, is a true visionary of our time. Speaking about the #FutureofMobility, the rapid deployment of vehicle charging to enable the #e-mobility, advanced manufacturing and rocket engineering. We are pleased to be at @Siemens, Siemens’ # technology to support Elon, and the most exciting thing to dream about.”
At the annual press conference of the week, Busch said Musk, the electric car manufacturer, Tesla, and SpaceX, which makes rockets are a big customer for Siemens’ digital-industry companies.
Reporting by Edward Taylor and Michael Nienaber; Editing by Louise Heavens and Helen Popper