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Better know a CEO: Dale André Martin, Siemens Hungary

Martin took over the CEO position at Siemens Hungary in May 2010. Before his appointment, Martin worked as CFO of Siemens Slovakia. He has been an international executive at the multi-national company since 1991, and previously worked in Japan, at one of the companies belonging to the Siemens AG Group. Martin knows Siemens Hungary well, as he held several top management positions here in the 1990s. With Hungarian roots, Martin is a dual citizen of the United States and Austria. He has a diploma in economics and speaks fluent English, German, Hungarian and some French and Chinese. He is married with two sons.

What historical person do you most identify with?

Charles V (1500–1555), ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

I am not too fond of fiction; I am more of a realistic person who likes to dream a little.

What is your favorite Hungarian dish?

Fresh goose liver with “házi tarhonya” and “lecsó.”

Which talent would you most like to have?

Being more patient. However, impatience can also make things happen. Finding the right balance would be a great talent.

What is the trait you most disapprove of in others?

Lying and not trying hard enough.

What kind of job did you dream of when you were a child?

A character I wanted to be back then – and now – is a “Wise Old Man.”

When and where were you happiest?

It was my 45th birthday in Tokyo in our little garden which we had just revitalized with a lot of effort and care. I was in the midst of my family in this blossoming garden.

What was the most extravagant thing you have done in your life?

Marrying my wife.

What is your most treasured possession?

My strong belief in values.

What is your favorite Hungarian word?

Kezét csókolom (I kiss your hand).

What activities help you to cope with stress?

Hiking, gardening and renovating – buildings and/or organizations.

Which word do you tend to overuse?

“Muki,” an old Hungarian word (meaning “chap”).

What would you do with €1 million?

One third I would donate to charity, one third I would spend on my family and the rest I would keep.

What is your favorite gadget?

Our Japanese induction rice cooker.

What is it your dream to live to see?

Our healthy and happy grandchildren.