Gerhard L. Fischer graduated in 1987 with a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Munich, Germany and visited Arizona state University, USA on a Fulbright exchange. Since 2008 Gerhard is with Siemens AG in the Cranes business segment in Erlangen, Germany as Head of Sales. He is member of IEEE Industry Applications Society, the VDI working group B1 for cranes, the VDE DKE working group for hoisting systems and vice-chairman of the PEMA committee for equipment design and infrastructure.
In 1990 Gerhard joined Siemens AG in Erlangen, Germany to develop high frequency and large-power converters. In 1995 he changed to sales/marketing of variable speed drives followed in 1996 by a posting in Siemens´ Centre of Competence in Singapore and Taiwan developing cranes business. From 2005 till 2008 he worked with Siemens in The Hague, Netherlands in a business development function for harbour cranes.