Engineering industry veteran Kim Povlsen joins Universal Robots as President

Universal Robots - collaborative robots (cobots)

Editor’s brief: One of the shining stars of industrial automation with a fast-growing segment of robots known as collaborative robots (cobots), Universal Robots, has seen a new leadership appointment. Kim Povlsen, an embedded IoT engineering talent and most recently VP of global technology strategy from industrial engineering giant Schneider Electric, has joined Universal Robots as President. Povlsen earned a Masters in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Syddansk Universitet – University of Southern Denmark. Read more below.

SINGAPORE – As of today, Kim Povlsen will serve as President of Universal Robots, it was announced by Teradyne, Inc. (NASDAQ:TER). The next phase of growth and innovation at Universal Robots will be guided by Povlsen, who brings executive leadership from a global, high-tech and commercial perspective. Kim’s first day in his new position at Universal Robots is March 1, 2021.

“I am delighted to introduce Kim Povlsen as the new President of Universal Robots” said Greg Smith, President of Teradyne’s Industrial Automation Group, and acting President of Universal Robots. “Kim combines a fantastic track record as a dynamic executive with a background in and a tremendous passion for robotics. With Kim on board, Universal Robots is poised to strengthen its leadership in the global market for collaborative robotics. With Kim’s leadership, we can accelerate the growth in new applications and market growth for cobots.”

Kim has served in a variety of executive roles at Schneider Electric, a multinational corporation specializing in energy management and automation, both in the business and technology sectors. His most recent position was vice president of strategy and technology for a global company with annual revenues in the billions. Kim has an M.S. in Computer Science and Embedded Engineering from the University of Southern Denmark and currently resides in Aarhus, Denmark.

“I have been impressed with Universal Robots for some time” said Kim. “To me, the company represents the pinnacle of innovation and potential and I was thrilled to be approached for this unique leadership role. The company not only pioneered the category of collaborative robots, created an ecosystem of partner technology solutions and a vast global distribution network to serve customers in their varied industrial automation needs, it also has the potential to fundamentally reshape automation across the global economy. I really look forward to working with, learning from and being part of the great people at Universal Robots.”

Universal Robots - Kim Povlsen, President
Universal Robots – Kim Povlsen, President