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

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

FILE PHOTO: Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser seems to be on earlier than go to of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the firm’s plant in Goerlitz, Germany, July 15, 2019. Information/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photograph

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

Siemens declined to touch upon the tweet, which got here days after Siemens Deputy Chief Government 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 searching for to make clear his feedback.

In an alternate with a journalist from a enterprise day by day, Kaeser stated 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 stated, including that his goal was relatively to attract consideration to entrepreneurial spirit in Germany and the declining relevance of German firms.

Musk provoked a Twitter storm final yr after briefly smoking marijuana on a reside 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 large.

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’ #expertise is supporting Elon’s most fun goals.”

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

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