Continuing A 125-year-old Internationalisation Strategy


For January 2012, our Faces of Industrial Penang series continues with Michael Kloss of Robert Bosch Malaysia. Having served in Bosch for nearly two decades, he is a veteran of the expatriate talent circle with global placements spanning Europe, Mexico and Asia. Kloss offers us a range of insights on key approaches and winning formulas from within the boardroom and operations framework of a distinguished MNC. He also seizes the moment to share with us his enthusiasm and vision for Bosch’s latest corporate venture, Solar Energy.


In “Managing Malaysia’s first EMC lab”, published in issue 12.11, the term “technopreneur” was described as “Entrepreneur + Technician”. It should have read: “Entrepreneur + Technology”.

 How long have you been at Bosch in Penang?

I have been here since August 2009 as the commercial managing director of Robert Bosch Malaysia Sdn Bhd. I joined Robert Bosch in 1993, and have held various positions around the globe and in different business fields within the automotive and consumer goods sector.

Was this assignment by choice or by company posting?

Bosch celebrates its 125th anniversary this year and has more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries as part of its development, manufacturing and sales network.

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