ABB appoints Pasquale Abruzzese as new head of Quality and Operational Excellence

Acknowledged expert in the field becomes head of Quality and Operational Excellence at ABB, effective June 6, 2016

ABB has appointed Pascale Abruzzese as head of Group Quality and Operational Excellence. Abruzzese, a British national, is currently Chief of Operations for Philips International. He succeeds Bill Black who is retiring after seven years in the role.

Abruzzese, born in 1966, is an acknowledged global expert in operations and quality management with more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of business transformation, operations and quality management. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Honeywell Operating System, a world-class standardized approach, which has been recognized as a key factor in that organization’s performance turnaround. Abruzzese is on the Board of Directors of the European Foundation for Quality Management.

“We welcome Pasquale in his new role. His solid track record in industrial leader’s performance improvement make him an ideal choice to lead the implementation of our leading operating model,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

“Pasquale is a recognized expert in the field of operations and quality and has played a key role in the transformation of Honeywell. He will be an asset to ABB in the continued roll out the Next Level strategy, and in driving best-in-class operational performance,” said Tarak Mehta, president of the Electrification Products division and Executive Committee member with overall responsibility for Quality and Operational Excellence. “The execution of our strategic priorities is based on a leading operating model which is driven by robust financial and operational metrics.”

Abruzzese holds a diploma in business administration and a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham.

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.