Siemens CEO deplores admiration for ‘pot smoker’ after deputy praised Elon Musk

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Siemens (SIEGn.DE) Chief Govt Joe Kaeser on Friday lamented Germans who fail to acknowledge true visionaries and as a substitute admire pot people who smoke who discuss house journey, solely days after his deputy praised Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

FILE PHOTO: Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser appears to be like on earlier than go to of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the firm's plant in Goerlitz, Germany, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Picture

“Amusing opinions in our nation: When a German chief govt proactively orients his firm towards the longer term, he’s thought to be ‘lofty’ and ‘philosophical’. When a pot smoking colleague in the USA talks about Peterchen’s moon trip, he’s an admired visionary,” Kaeser tweeted, referring to a German kids’s story about house journey.

Siemens declined to touch upon the tweet, which got here days after Siemens Deputy Chief Govt Roland Busch, who’s German, described Tesla’s (TSLA.O) Musk as a “visionary.”

Kaeser’s assertion sparked a vigorous debate on social media, with the Siemens CEO later in search of to make clear his feedback.

In an alternate with a journalist from a enterprise each day, Kaeser mentioned in a tweet on Saturday that there was no want for wild hypothesis and efforts to attract references to Busch’s comment about Musk.

“That is NOT AT ALL about Mr. Busch and/or Mr. Musk,” Kaeser mentioned, including that his purpose was reasonably to attract consideration to entrepreneurial spirit in Germany and the declining relevance of German corporations.

Musk provoked a Twitter storm final 12 months after briefly smoking marijuana on a stay net present with comic Joe Rogan.

In September Siemens promoted Busch to deputy CEO, placing him in pole place to exchange Kaeser as head of the German engineering big.

On Oct. 31, Busch tweeted, “Nice to fulfill w/ @elonmusk, a real visionary of our occasions. Talked about #FutureofMobility, speedy deployment of automotive charging enabling #electrical mobility, superior manufacturing & rocket engineering. We’re proud @Siemens’ #know-how is supporting Elon’s most fun desires.”

On the firm’s annual information convention this week, Busch mentioned Musk’s electrical automotive maker Tesla and SpaceX, which makes rockets, are huge prospects for Siemens’ digital industries companies.

Reporting by Edward Taylor and Michael Nienaber; Modifying by Louise Heavens and Helen Popper

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