Dr. Wilhelm Otten, EVONIK

Head of Process Technology & Engineering
Wilhelm Otten is head of Business Line Process Technology & Engineering with global responsibility. Process Technology & Engineering provides worldwide services for process development and improvement as well as engineering service to plan and construct chemical plants. The service with about 800 employees is located in Europe, Mobile/US, Shanghai/China and Brazil. Process Technology & Engineering is process owner for asset lifecycle processes and develops process technology for Evonik and other chemical companies, i.e. asset lifecycle data management, modular plants and remote operation of chemical plants.

Wilhelm Otten studied mechanical engineering and was awarded a PhD in process engineering. Within the Degussa Group, now Evonik Industries, he took over a number of positions, process engineer (1988), plant engineer (1992), technical controlling (1997) and head of technical service of a major production site where he gained basic experience in the entire field of maintenance and project engineering (2000). He was Vice President of the maintenance and engineering business line (2004), Infracor Chemistry Services, a service provider at Marl Chemical Park, Germany. From 2008 to 2010 he was Member of the Board of Evonik Röhm GmbH at Darmstadt responsible for the site services and plant safety. In 2010 he became head of the Business Line Technical Services in the new Business Unit Site Services. At the beginning of 2015 he takes over the responsibility for Business Line Process Technology
and Engineering with global responsibility.

Within these tasks and a number of company-wide optimisation projects he was very much involved in developing technology and technical management solutions. He has published various articles and has worked as a consultant in the field of maintenance. Wilhelm Otten is Member of a number of associations. He joined the board of NAMUR, an
international association of users of process automation in 2004. NAMUR coordinates the Industry 4.0 activities within the German process industry. He is also member of the coordination group within the German engineering association (VDI).

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