Dirk Schlesinger (Photo: obs/TÃœV SÃœD AG/VIRGIL VIDAL)

Tuev Sued has appointed former Cisco executive Dirk Schlesinger chief digital officer, as the German testing and certification company responds to the growing importance of digital technologies in the manufacturing industry.

Schlesinger will be in charge of a new digital services division that will work with the company's business departments to create service offerings in the area of digital transformation.

A first Center of Excellence for digital services was opened in Singapore last month.

Schlesinger most recently was CEO of moaziq, a home automation joint venture of Cisco, ABB and Robert Bosch. Earlier, he held various management and consulting roles at Cisco and the Boston Consulting Group.